Keiderling: CIA agent in Havana, Caracas

spyAll the revelations about electronic and satellite espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency give the impression of an omnipotent and omniscience superpower, which sees all and knows all, before which humanity is helpless. They also obscure the role carried out by human agents in espionage, covert operations and destabilization of any government trying to take a path independent of Washington as one more element in the U.S. strategy of domination. JEAN-GUY ALLARD* reports on one CIA agent, active in Kyrgyzstan, Moldavia, Cuba and Venezuela, who posed as a humanitarian “cultural” official. Nevertheless, this super agent was recently exposed, outed and expelled by the later country in disgrace and the humiliation of her employer. – TS

Kelly Franz Keiderling (circled)

Kelly Franz Keiderling (circled)

Granma (Oct. 11) – 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 interview given later to the Spanish writer Pascual Serrano and director of the alternative website Rebelión.

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.

Raul Capote, aka agent Daniel, during the filming of “Reasons of Cuba”, documentary series broadcast on Cuban television in April 2011 | Ismael Francisco

Raul Capote, aka agent Daniel, during the filming of “Reasons of Cuba”, documentary series broadcast on Cuban television in April 2011 | Ismael Francisco

“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,” recalled Raul Capote while describing Keiderling’s intelligence work.

usaid-cash“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 dissidence.


The Russian 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 Cuba.

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 dated September 2011 signed by Keiderling-Franz and leaked on the Internet by Wikileaks (see Appendix), 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 of domination.

Jean-Guy Allard

Jean-Guy Allard

*Canadian journalist based in Cuba. He is the author of the book The Rise and Fall of Reporters Without Borders.


A Yankee project against Seventh Biennial of Havana

By: Raul Antonio Capote 
(From the book “Enemy’ – Note: This is a Google translation)

One evening in July 2004 Kelly Keiderling conversed with me in the courtyard of his residence in the 7th and 42 in Miramar, Havana. The talk revolved around the attitude of the artists who visited her house sometimes and buying works of art. She complained about the inconsistency of those creators, your wine drank, ate and enjoyed good days and then nothing. Thanks to the management, she said, US officials, exhibited their works abroad and marketed without problems of any kind in the United States. But one day he was participating in the Anti – Imperialist Tribune, called by the “Castro regime”.

We talk about the history of failures reaped US officials in an attempt to attract young Cuban creators to the sphere of influence of the USIS was the first time I heard about the plans in 2000 designed the Americans to convert Seventh Biennial of Havana , the most important event of the plastic in the country, at a pivot point at the right time that the Cuban government would create a serious problem.

Kelly Keiderling Franz, the US charge d'affaires in Caracas expelled by the government of Venezuela, previously recruited CIA double agent, the Cuban Raul Capote | AP

Kelly Keiderling Franz, the US charge d’affaires in Caracas expelled by the government of Venezuela, previously recruited CIA double agent, the Cuban Raul Capote | AP

Accordingly, narrated Kelly, Lawrence Corbin former official PAO USIS, referred to him in Washington, a senior imperial official, after hearing the plans, he gave Euphoric a loud Now yes we sink to Castro !, followed by applause competition, attending a meeting that was called USIS officials, notorious counterrevolutionary, CIA officers, directors USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and others.

But they had already spent several years and everything was still deadlocked, Kelly was not optimistic about it, intelligent and very capable woman, perfectly understood the conditions of Cuba and considered that it would take more than 10 years and a new generation of Cubans end withthe Revolution. Analizamosdurante a good time history of previous attempts with plastic, always using as famous referenciala Seventh Biennial.

But what was the real story? What had happened? Who or what caused the failure of so well developed subversive plan?

In the late 90s a group of young artists created a cultural project to promote his work and that of other creators. The circumstances at the time did not allow cultural institutions support the work of independent projects, so that artists began to develop their plans without that support. USIS officials immediately began to show interest in the idea and began a process of trial and error and approach. Project began visits, direct contact with its members, aid “disinterested”.

The alternative project created the Web Cuban Art and the Independent Cultural Center with support and funding from the US, through USAID. The Cultural Centre favored the use by young creators of a well stocked library enriched with books and magazines donated by the Interests Section. Douglas Barnes, an official of the US Interests Section, who worked in countries of the former socialist bloc, proposed turning the project site into a center for Internet access. Things seemed to be smooth sailing for the USIS officials.

One of the young, was a cultural promoter named Frank Carlos Vasquez, a native of Pinar del Rio, a graduate in English and connoisseur of Cuban art. He came forward to theyankees. Lawrence Corbin, SINA official linked to the CIA, he contacted Frank Carlos and proposed the task of bringing together young artists in need of promotion, in order to influence on his work and his ideas.

In 2000, Dagoberto Valdes, counter-revolutionary element long history, organized an exhibition of political posters, sponsored by Czech and Polish officials, inspired by similar events in countries of Eastern Europe during the height of the counter.

Frank Carlos was invited to travel to the US, there he visited the Chicago Cultural Center . He wore a work schedule that allowed him contact with leading artists, intellectuals, politics, business. He could visit important business centers, companies, art galleries. The objective was to know, I learned the American way of life and then become a tool for change in Cuba.

And in Cuba, I was visited by Mr. Corbin, who entrusted me with an important mission, liaising between managers dela Seventh Havana Biennial and them, as they had no contact with the organizers of the event.

First Secretariade USINT, Vicky Huddleston, organized and orchestrated an ambitious plan: to call a large number of the best American gallery owners. More than 3000 people travel to Cuba to participate in the Biennale. Vistosolamente it seems excellent: hundreds of the best American gallery owners giving appointment in Havana, artists, art critics, etc. But it is not, the aim was not to promote the work of Cuban artists; Or yes, but not free, not for art ‘s sake, not out of solidarity, even just for business, this helps to organize exhibitions and sales of Cuban art in the US , would be conditional: We expose your work to change that it presents a distorted reality of Cuba. We will pay well everything you do see the worst side of the country in Revolution. All you lie, everything enlode, all that fool and dirty.

They were not looking artists did not want to promote artists, they wanted to promote traitors. The main objective was to create a state unfavorable opinion about the Cuban Revolution, making a fictitious cultural phenomenon that made the world believe that Cuban artists opposed the Revolution. Generating an internal movement, linking to the most outstanding young artists to traditional counterrevolution, erecting a state favorable to their war plans against Cuba opinion.

Vicky thought he had found the perfect plan, many large brains of subversion worked in their preparation, they were ready to manipulate his favorla Seventh Biennial. But something went wrong, again a brilliant project, a project that was never executed, would not succeed would stay just that.

Kelly could not explain that afternoon in the courtyard of his residence, how that plan could fail and how their attempts also ended in failure, I act like Sisyphus, he went on to say: When I thought I finished, I have to start again. It is a heavy and expensive costs, you Cubans will all go to heaven. I did not understand things very well, like most Americans I met in those years, linked to the plans against Cuba, they were made very difficult to decipher the soul of the nation, the force that make us to be, in the words of them, demented lucid.

Nor could I explain that day the cause of the failure of the plan, he suspected the reason, but was not sure, this came in the spring of 2011.

The young cultural promoter, the henchman Frank CarlosVázquez USIS, was actually a combatant of the bodies of the Cuban State Security, was the Robin agent. Once again the US government and its special services had underestimated the loyalty and the revolutionary spirit of our youth.


In April 2013, a confidential document released on the internet revealed the direct contact revealed the US embassy in Caracas kept with the defeated presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles. The report is dated September 2011 and signed by the official of the US consulate, Kelly Keiderling-Franz.

Kelly Keiderling-Franz cable, page 1

Kelly Keiderling-Franz cable, page 1

PAGE 2 OF confidential document released on the internet that direct contact revealed that keeps the US embassy in Caracas with the defeated presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles. The report is dated September 2011 and is signed by the official of the US consulate, Kelly Keiderling-Franz.

Kelly Keiderling-Franz cable, page 2

Kelly Keiderling-Franz cable, page 2

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