MIAMI — One of Fidel Castro's sisters says in a memoir released Monday that she collaborated with the CIA against her brother, starting shortly after the United States' failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.
Juanita Castro, 76, initially supported her brother's 1959 overthrow of the Batista dictatorship but quickly grew disillusioned. In a Spanish-language memoir co-written by journalist Maria Antonieta Collins, she says the wife of the Brazilian ambassador to Cuba persuaded her to meet a CIA officer during a trip to Mexico in 1961.
By then, her house had become a sanctuary for anti-communists, and Fidel had warned her about getting involved with the gusanos, or worms, as those who opposed the revolution were called.
In My Brothers Fidel and Raul. The Secret Story, she wrote that she traveled to Mexico City under the pretense of visiting her younger sister, Enma. There she also secretly met a CIA officer who identified himself as "Enrique" at the elegant Camino Real hotel. She said she later learned he was a CIA officer in Cuba, Tony Sforza,
The CIA in Langley, Va., declined to comment.
Castro said she remained on the island while her mother was alive, believing she was protected from Fidel. Her mother died in 1963 and she left the next year, eventually settling into a quiet life in Miami, where she ran a pharmacy until 2007 and is well regarded by other Cuban exiles.