16. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State1

476. President Batista appeared convinced at meeting February 19 that Communists actively supporting Castro. I said if he could obtain any proofs such beliefs he should turn it over to US; that if he could [Page 29] substantiate those charges it would destroy effectiveness Castro and his sympathizers in US. Batista stated he was trying obtain evidence from Mexico as he was fairly sure support being supplied Castro through Communists in Mexico. Said GOC presently possesses Communist literature which has been distributed by Castro people and emanates from Mexico.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–2058. Confidential. Sent by pouch and received on February 22 at 1:06 p.m.