Investigation reveals new information on La Coubre sabotage
Paris, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) Colombian researcher Hernando Calvo Ospina, who lives in Paris, launched on Thursday his book 'El enigma de La Coubre' (The Enigma of La Coubre), in which he provides new information on the tragic explosion of that ship in Cuba 61 years ago.
The launch, whose television broadcast is scheduled for Thursday in Argentina, Cuba and the multi-state channel teleSUR, included the participation of the publishers in Spanish, Portuguese and French languages, as well as Cuban Ambassador to Belgium Norma Goicochea.
The investigation expands the already known details about the explosion of the French vessel La Coubre in the port of Havana, and reveals new elements in interviews to some of the survivors and information from the archives of the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, the French state company that owned the ship.
The tragic explosion killed 101 people, including six French sailors, and injured some 400 persons. From the first moments, it was suspected that the explosion could be a terrorist act, as the investigation carried out by Cuba later corroborated.
In his book, Calvo includes information from the archives kept at the French Lines & Compagnies, which hold the historic heritage of the French Merchant Marine, and which were banned to the public until 2011. The author was the first person to have access to all documents, as he told Prensa Latina.
According to the former head of Cuban counterintelligence, Fabian Escalante; La Coubre radio operator Maxime Ivol and US journalist Donald Lee Chapman, who was traveling on the vessel, and the documents consulted, the explosion was allegedly caused by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The United States decreed an arms blockade against Cuba since the first moment of the revolutionary triumph, as then President Dwight D. Eisenhower told in his memoirs. Former French Navy officer Joseph Le Gall also talked about it in Calvo's book.
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