[News] FBI Snooped on Colombian Author Garcia Marquez for 24 Years

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  FBI Snooped on Colombian Author Garcia Marquez for 24 Years

Published 7 September 2015

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September 7

It is unclear why the FBI pursued Garcia Marquez; it may be connected to 
his help in the foundation of Cuban news agency Prensa Latina.

For almost a quarter of a century, the U.S. Federal Bureau of 
Investigation (FBI)spied on famed Colombian writer and Nobel Laureate 
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Washington Post has revealed.

The U.S. paper obtained recently declassified documents exposing how the 
police agency began to monitor the author and journalist after he came 
to New York for a short visit in 1961, and did not cease until 1985, 
three years after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

It is unclear from the 137 released pages of the document why the FBI 
pursued Garcia Marquez, the Post reports, although it may be connected 
to his help in the foundation of Prensa Latina, the press agency for Cuba.

Marquez also supported a communist-backed takeover in Venezuela in 1958.

“In the event he enters the U.S. for any purpose, the Bureau should be 
promptly advised,” reads one memo in the document written by FBI 
director J. Edgar Hoover, in February 1961.

Gabo’s son, Rodrigo, told Washington Post he was not surprised the FBI 
monitored his father.

“Considering the fact that this Colombian guy was in New York opening a 
Cuban press agency, it would be unusual if he was not spied upon,” he 
said, adding that his father was aware of being followed by men who 
“appeared to communicate by whistling.”

Garcia Marquez remained close friends with Fidel and was hyper-critical 
of U.S. presence in Latin America until his death in 2014. 
<http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Garcia-Marquezs-Ashes-to-Rest-in-Peace-in-Cartagena-Colombia-20150812-0002.html> 


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