CIA played leading role in death of Long Hair's hero

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 October, 2004, 12:00am

Oh dear, I hope Marxist legislator 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung won't go on an anti-American rampage when he hears this. The Americans apparently played a direct role in the death of Leung's hero, Che Guevara, according to

In an interview this week, former CIA spook Howard Hunt, famous for his role in the Watergate burglary, claimed the Bolivians were given Che's whereabouts by the Americans so they could kill him. 'Che's very first [radio] transmissions were picked up by our people at the National Security Agency,' Hunt said. 'The Bolivians wanted to get rid of him as soon as possible, and our people kept the Bolivian army informed as to where he was.'

Not many people were sorry to see him go, according to Hunt, not even Fidel Castro, who gave him the radio transmitter. Contrary to his posthumous iconography, Che was a brutal man and totalitarian who advocated Cuba's rapid conversion to a communist state, while Castro was more moderate. So Castro was all too happy to send him off to spread international revolution and leave Cuba alone.

No one expected Che would cause far more trouble dead than alive? 'Nobody had the foresight for that,' Hunt said. You can say that again - who could have predicted Guevara's spirit lives on in Legco?