Florida Governor Ron DeSantis awarded the Medal of Freedom to former CIA officer Felix Rodriguez final week, regardless of Rodriguez’s controversial historical past, together with his half within the dying of Che Guevara.
DeSantis awarded the medal to Rodriguez final Thursday however revealed a photograph of the ceremony on social media Monday, praising his violent historical past of roles with the US Central Intelligence Company.
Felix Rodríguez fled communist Cuba, embraced America as his house, fought for freedom within the Bay of Pigs and continued to combat towards communism within the CIA and the army.
Felix has led a exceptional life and I used to be proud to award him the Governor's Medal of Freedom. pic.twitter.com/OoDuTHMvJS
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 20, 2021
“Felix Rodríguez fled communist Cuba, embraced America as his house, fought for freedom within the Bay of Pigs and continued to combat towards communism within the CIA and the army,” DeSantis mentioned, including that he “was proud to award him the Governor’s Medal of Freedom.”
Rodriguez – whose uncle was a minister in US-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista’s murderous regime – labored with the CIA within the Bay of Pigs Invasion, a failed try and invade Cuba following the 1959 revolution. He was additionally employed by the CIA to assist seize Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara in Bolivia in 1967. Rodriguez was photographed standing subsequent to Guevara earlier than he was executed.
Although Rodriguez claimed to have been towards the execution of Guevara, as he needed him to be interrogated, he instructed the colonel in cost, “I give my phrase as a person that I’ll carry you Che Guevara’s physique.”
Guevara was then shot to dying by Bolivian Military Officer Mario Terán.
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Rodriguez was additionally concerned with the Reagan White Home throughout the Iran-Contra scandal, when it was found that President Ronald Reagan’s administration was facilitating the unlawful sale of weapons to Iran to fund right-wing, anti-communist insurgent teams in Nicaragua.
Moreover, Rodriguez has been accused of taking part in a job within the homicide of DEA agent Kiki Camarena – who was allegedly killed to cowl up the CIA’s connection to cartel drug smuggling, once more to fund anti-communist contras in Central and South America. Rodriguez denied being concerned within the homicide or being current in Mexico on the time. The CIA has additionally rejected allegations of its involvement.
Although DeSantis’ choice to award Rodriguez with the Medal of Freedom was praised by some, together with former US diplomat Alberto Miguel Fernandez, who referred to as Rodriguez a “hero and patriot,” others criticized the choice, noting Rodriguez’s sketchy historical past.
One American referred to Rodriguez as a “CIA butcher,” whereas one other expressed concern over the allegations of Rodriguez’s involvement in Camarena’s homicide.
“So, you are parading Felix round to get the Latino vote, whereas on the identical time you rally towards different Latinos from ‘fleeing’ horrific situations of their international locations. Oh, the hypocrisy Ron. Disgrace on you,” tweeted one other individual in reference to DeSantis’ try and cease unlawful immigrants from settling in Florida.
In July, a ballot confirmed DeSantis to be the most well-liked Republican to probably run for president in 2024 if former President Donald Trump will not be within the race – forward of politicians like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
This month, nevertheless, polls confirmed DeSantis’ help in Florida was dropping because the state skilled a surge of Covid-19 circumstances.
Florida has a few of the highest variety of Covid-19 circumstances and deaths per capita in the USA.
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