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Castro sister: 'I worked for CIA'

THE younger sister of Fidel and Raul Castro, Juanita Castro, collaborated with the US Central Intelligence Agency against her brothers' rule in Cuba before going into exile in Miami in 1964, she said in an interview.

Juanita Castro, 76, who has not spoken to either of her brothers for more than four decades, made the revelation on Sunday to Spanish-language TV channel Univision-Noticias 23, based in Miami, on the eve of the publication of her memoirs about Fidel and Raul Castro, the former and present heads of Cuba.

Juanita Castro initially supported Fidel Castro's 1959 Revolution that toppled previous ruler Fulgencio Batista.

But she said she became disillusioned by the way her elder brother was maneuvering the country.

"I began to become disenchanted when I saw so much injustice," she said.

She said that one day a person close to both her and Fidel Castro brought her an invitation from the CIA asking her to collaborate with the US spy agency.

"They wanted to talk to me," she said, "because they had interesting things to tell me, and interesting things to ask me, such as if I was willing to take the risk, if I was ready to listen to them. I was rather shocked, but anyway I said yes."

Juanita Castro, who worked quietly in Miami for more than three decades running a community pharmacy before retiring in late 2006, last spoke to her brother Fidel at her home in Havana in 1963 when their mother, Lina Ruz Gonzalez, died of a heart attack.


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