AP journalist Anita Snow reports that according to Cuban “dissident” Elizardo Sánchez (El Camaján) more than 200 Cubans serving time in Cuban prisons for taking money from the United States to overthrow the Cuban government, are “nearly unanimous” on the idea that they would rather stay in prison than be traded for the Cuban Five.
Now, Machetera’s just a humble blogger, picking over the carcass of a story dragged back by a beat reporter, but still, she has a few nagging questions. First of all, it can’t be pleasant talking to someone as slimy as Sánchez, and Snow probably wanted to get off the phone as fast as possible, but Machetera wonders if it occurred to her to ask him how he came by his information? Did he take a poll? Snow mentions that Sánchez talks to some of these people and their families every day, but it’s kind of a leap between talking to “numerous” prisoners and saying that “most of the 200” are unanimous on the idea of serving their entire sentence. Isn’t it?
Second of all, it’s not Sánchez doing the time, is it? Sánchez is free to continue hanging out in public parks, trading info for whiskey. So maybe it’s easy for him to say?
And when would it be worth mentioning to readers that Sánchez is a man notorious for playing both sides of the fence – working Cuban security at the same time he worked Frank Calzon – not because he cared about either, but because his main allegiance was to himself?