POSSIBLE CUBAN INVOLVEMENT IN SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITY IN VENEZUELA

Created: 9/6/1960

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Possible Cuban Involvement in Subversive Activity in Venezuela

Fabricioeftist Venezuelan political leader who has spent considerable time in Cuba sincesoup attempt against President Betancourt coalition with theof Cuban officials, according to an unevaluaied source within the Cuban Government. Cuba reportedly has arranged to supply arms and training facilities for Venezuelans. The move may be timed to exploit the current political tension in Venezuela and the threat to the coalition arising from Foreign Minister Arcayafcopposition to his governmentssign theadopted by the OAS foreign ministers in San Jose against cxtracontinental intervention in theeries of pro-Castro demonstrations have already erupted in Venezuelain support of Arcaya, who, like Ojeda,ember of the Democratic Republicantanch pro-Castro party whichissatisfied component of the coalition.

Venezuela, which has the largest USthree billionany Latin American country andarge leftist element,ogical target of Castro's anti-US program in the area. Caetro has maintained close liaisonarge number of Venezuelan dissidentCommunists and the Marxist element which defected from Betancourt's own Democratic Actionwith the ultimate objective of overthrowing Betancourt, who is hostile towarduban national, favorable to the Cuban regime, recentlyS official that Castro had sponsored inaramilitary training program for Venezuelan leftists who are tooleuture move againstrominent Venezuelanrecently wrote that Caetro was bribing Venezuelan journalists and organizingowerful army within Venezuela" toastro-style coup. Betancourtte press secretary advised thc^US Embassy in Caracas in Augustop Venezuelan Communist

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