The CIA Wanted to Kill Fidel Castro by Giving Him a Diving Suit Laced With Tuberculosis

The CIA Wanted to Kill Fidel Castro by Giving Him a Diving Suit Laced With Tuberculosis
Fidel Castro scuba diving at the Bay of Pigs on a trip with American James Donovan in 1963 (National Security Archive)

It’s no secret that the US government wanted to kill Fidel Castro many times over the years. But there’s a crazy story about a possible CIA assassination attempt that I’d never heard before: Giving Castro a diving suit that would be contaminated with tuberculosis.

The National Security Archive has a new post about lawyer James Donovan, the real life figure depicted by Tom Hanks in the movie Bridge of Spies. After the Cuban missile crisis in October of 1962, Donovan engaged in secret negotiations with Castro. Under the direction of Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Donovan was trying to secure the release of over 1,100 prisoners held by Cuba after the CIA…

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