U.S. Ambassador Philip W. Bonsal, recalled from Cuba, had no farewell from Cuban authorities on?
U.S. Ambassador Philip W. Bonsal, recalled from Cuba, had no farewell from Cuban authorities on his departure Oct 28 from Havana with the worsening of relations between the two countries.
Havana Radio and newspapers carried no mention of his departure - the fourth since he took up his post February 1959. Officially this recall was for 'extended consultations' in Washington; possibly, observers reported, until after U.S. presidential elections.
The U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Mr. Bonsal's absence - Mr. Daniel Braddock - was nearly arrested soon after his Ambassador's departure. He was at a Halloween party in Havana when a group of Castro's men - armed with Tommy guns - broke in and said they had orders to arrest everyone.
Braddock protested that he and almost all his American guests had diplomatic immunity, and the Cubans left after ransacking the apartment. The raid followed a bomb explosion in a Havana hotel, which Cuban spokesmen blamed on American agents.