agent in Havana
KELLY Keiderling Franz, the business
attaché recently expelled from the U.S. embassy in
Caracas, Venezuela, revealed herself as a CIA agent
in the relationship she conducted in Havana with the
Cuban double agent Raúl Capote.
The Cuban security official, working
under the operative name of Daniel, met Keiderling
in Cuba, where she worked under the cover of
director of the press and culture office in the U.S.
Interests Section (USIS).
Their first encounter occurred at a
dinner in the USIS at which 12 U.S. officials met
with invitees from a number of embassies in Havana,
including those of the Czech Republic, Netherlands
and the United Kingdom, as Capote disclosed after
his real identity became known.
"A close relationship with Kelly,
who began to exercise an influence on my family,
began there. She said that she wanted to make life
easier for me, that I was a brilliant writer,"
recalled Agent Daniel in an interview given later to
Pascual Serrano, with the Spanish website
His friendship with Keiderling
continued for years, to the point that the U.S.
agent became Capote’s sponsor, as a means of gaining
entry into his private life. She had an unlimited
budget and went as far as to suggest taking his
goddaughter to the United States to study on a
scholarship, and also proposed that Daniel create a
literary agency, with the idea of having an
influence within Cuban artistic circles.
"The Agencia Literaria Cubana
Online webpage was created, used by writers to
disseminate and sell their work, but the idea began
to change into something else, they said they wanted
it to bring together not only writers but also
artists and musicians, to be coordinated with other
embassies, such as the German one, etc… They would
receive funding for all of that," affirmed Capote
while describing Keiderling’s intelligence work.
"They would hand over three, four of
five thousand dollars without even checking to see
of we had organized the activity for which the money
was requested. They liked themes such as
micro-enterprises, how to organize the civil
society, leadership courses; they provided us with
manuals and things like that," the double agent
confirmed, describing a process similar to the one
developed by Keiderling in Venezuela.
The CIA spent tens of millions of
dollars during 50 years of promoting activities
hostile to Cuba, trying to create focal points of
KEY FIGURE IN DESTABILIZATION PLAN
The Moscow-based researcher and
journalist Nil Nikandrov recently described
Keiderling as a key figure in the organization of
activities to destabilize Venezuela, in an analysis
of the intelligence work undertaken by the U.S.
embassy in Caracas.
"After special training, she began
to work in the State Department in 1988. She had her
first experience abroad in Africa. After studying
Russian, Keiderling was sent to Kyrgyzstan.
Subsequently, after studying for 12 months at the
National Defense University in Washington, she
served in Moldavia," Nikandrov reports prior to
noting her intensive intelligence activities in
Keiderling arrived in Venezuela in
July 2011. "The temporary business attaché assists
officials who, in their majority, have an imperial
way of thinking and a condescending attitudes toward
the ‘natives’ and their pretensions to sovereignty,"
observed Nikandrov, noting that the goal of U.S.
intelligence agencies is to ‘neutralize’ the
government of Maduro by any means. The more blood
spilt, the better."
Agent Keiderling-Franz acted in a
totally brazen manner. The mediocre representative
of U.S. intelligence left trails everywhere.
In April 2013, a confidential
document datelined September 2011, signed by
Keiderling-Franz and disclosed by Wikileaks, fully
revealed the direct contact maintained by U.S.
embassy staff with the defeated presidential
candidate, Henrique Capriles.
She reported on Point 3 that
Capriles said he appreciated the assistance given
and received with pleasure the news that, by
February 2012, her support for all the opposition
candidates with which USAID had previously worked
was more than guaranteed. She added that Capriles
was sorry to hear of the departure of John Caufield,
while at the same time agreeing with her that his
leaving did not in any way endanger their objectives.
In Point 4 of the document, the
agent notes that Capriles reiterated that if he was
to win the upcoming elections, Venezuela’s foreign
policy would be reviewed in depth and Caracas would
become a trustworthy ally of the U.S. Point 5
reveals how her conspiratorial activities extended
beyond Venezuelan borders. She states that
additional resources will be channeled to
representatives who could be trusted via new
entities, principally through NGO’s in Chile, Panama,
Colombia and the U.S.
Another recent report, by the
researcher Jean Cleaux Duvergel, shows how – in
relation to a post-electoral coup plot – meetings
had taken place in Keiderling-Franz’ residence, "with
representatives of the Capriles media chain, with
Miguel Otero (El Nacional), Andrés Mata (owner
of El Universal), Carlos Croes (of Televen),
and members of Venevisión, Bloque de Armas,
Globovisión and Canal I."
Keiderling has returned to the
United States where she will doubtless pursue her
destabilizing activities against other anti-imperialist
countries, as one more element in the U.S. strategy