'Because that's where the communists are'
Prolific bank robber Willie Sutton when asked why he held up banks supposedly said, "Because that's where the money is."
Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon, who reports on an FBI internal document stating that Cuban intelligence is targeting American academia and university professors to recruit spies, brings to mind Sutton's declaration.
Why should Cuban intel target colleges? Because that's where the communists are.
Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.
Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”
“Academia has been and remains a key target of foreign intelligence services, including the [Cuban intelligence service],” the report concludes.
One recruitment method used by the Cubans is to appeal to American leftists’ ideology. “For instance, someone who is allied with communist or leftist ideology may assist the [Cuban intelligence service] because of his/her personal beliefs,” the FBI report, dated Sept. 2, said.
Others are offered lucrative business deals in Cuba in a future post-U.S. embargo environment, and are treated to extravagant, all-expense paid visits to the island.
Coercive tactics used by the Cubans include exploiting personal weaknesses and sexual entrapment, usually during visits to Cuba.
The Cubans “will actively exploit visitors to the island” and U.S. academics are targeted by a special department of the spy agency.
“This department is supported by all of the counterintelligence resources the government of Cuba can marshal on the island,” the report said. “Intelligence officers will come into contact with the academic travelers. They will stay in the same accommodations and participate in the activities arranged for the travelers. This clearly provides an opportunity to identify targets.”
In addition to collecting information and secrets, Cuban spies employ “influence operations,” the FBI said.
“The objective of these activities can range from portraying a specific image, usually positive, to attempting to sway policymakers into particular courses of action,” the report said.
This report puts a whole new sheen on pronouncements from academia about Comrade Fidel and Raul and their socialist paradise. Is Michael Moore an agent of influence for his propagandist portrayal of the Cuban health cares system? Or is he simply a dupe? You have to wonder.
Moore is not an academic, but given the leftist romanticization of Castro and Cuba, you can be fairly certain that Congressmen, Hollywood types, teachers, even business people have been co-opted by Cuban intelligence services. Will we ever know who they are?
When the Soviet Union fell, thousands of KGB documents were released unintentionally in the confusion. Some of those documents revealed long standing relationships between prominent Americans and the KGB. The information was buried immediately and largely forgotten because most of those names were from the McCarthy era and it just wouldn't do to have to change the narrative about that period in American history.
It isn't likely that Cuba will disintegrate like the old Soviet Union. But there may come a day when all is revealed and we discover who the traitors are.