December 12, 2009

Chapter 23: Find Me Someone to Kill Castro

Batista refuses to step down and Pawley’s old communist nemesis from the Bogotázo, Fidel Castro, comes to power within less than 100 miles of Pawley’s home and business interests. Pawley helps resettle Batista and offers to pay for Castro’s assassination. He then helps CIA Director Allen Dulles organize thousands of exiles fleeing Cuba. Pawley’s efforts endear him to conservatives and he lashes out at liberals in the State Department whom he believes have undermined him and lost both China and Cuba to communism. On December 29, 1959 Pawley again receives covert security clearance for contacts with the CIA JMWAVE anti-Castro program and becomes involved in Bay of Pigs planning.