Cuban Premier Dr. Fidel Castro, in a four and a half hour nation-wide television speech?
Cuban Premier Dr. Fidel Castro, in a four and a half hour nation-wide television speech from Havana August 14, told viewers of a counter-espionage schema by his forces which unveiled a Trujillo inspired" conspiracy to unseat his Government and restore the "war criminals" and officials of the deposed Batista regime to power."
First official reference to a plot allegedly laid by the President of the Dominican Republic, was made by Fidel Castro's newspaper August 10, stating that an anti-Castro revolution had been crushed, and more than 1,000 suspects in his own forces had been arrested during the week-end. Premier Castro was reported to have personally led his troops August 6 in a gunfight which smashed the plot, and captured a plane loaded with arms and "military experts" from the Dominican Republic.
In his television speech, Dr. Castro said the chief figure responsible for the success of a scheme to lure General Trujillo's agents into a trap, was Major William Morgan, from Toledo, Ohio, an officer in Cuba's forces who had formerly served with US paratroops. Major Morgan, who infiltrated into counter-revolutionary forces with a dozen other men and lived with them for three months, had played his anti-Castro role so well that Gen. Trujillo made him commander-in-chief of the anti-Cuban plot.
Castro said if there had been more time more war criminals and Trujillo agents would have walked into his hands. "We could not wait any longer, however, because people had to be informed of what was going on to prevent them being misled by false rumours."
Referring to the meeting in Chile of the Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of American States, Castro spoke of "nothing more than a farce which looks like part of the international plot against the Cuban revolution." "These international organisations can only aid dictatorial Governments to perpetuate themselves in power."
Two of Castro's men, who died in the skirmish near Trinidad, where the counter-revolution was put down, were given a full military funeral with a cortege moving through the streets of Havana.