Inventory of the Juan Antonio Rodríguez Menier writings

Finding aid prepared by Daniel Case
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Juan Antonio Rodríguez Menier writings
Date (inclusive): 1991-1993
Collection Number: 94025
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Physical Description: 1 manuscript box (0.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Autobiography and study, relating to intelligence and state security activities of the Ministerio del Interior of Cuba.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of the Materials : In Spanish and English.
Creator: Rodríguez Menier, Juan Antonio, 1934-


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Juan Antonio Rodríguez Menier writings, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1994.


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Biographical Note

1951 – Graduated from La Vibora Institute
1952 – Participated in a strike at the Journalism school
1952 – Joined the Authentic Organization
1954 – Left the Authentic Organization to join the July 26th Movement
1957 – Hired by the Telephone Company, to sabotage electrical lines and telephone cables
1958 – Conducted a failed general strike at the Telephone Company
1959 – Joined general strike called by Fidel after Batista fled the country
1959 – Joined the Directorate of Intelligence of the Rebel Army (DIER), later known as the G-2
1960 – Recruiting activities for the Cuban Intelligence service know as M
1961 – Debriefing Officer of the Department of State Security
1962 – Intelligence Officer; wrote the ‘Guidelines of Norms and Procedures’ for the judiciary section of the department of operations of the General Directorate of Counter-Intelligence (GDCI)
1963 – Department Head of the General Directorate of the National Revolutionary Police
1964 – Second Head of the Center of Intelligence of Cuba in Budapest, Hungary
1964 – Graduated from the Manuel Márquez Sterling National School of Journalism at the University of Havana; appointed to the Foodstuffs Ministry as Chief of a special meat export plan personally directed by Fidel Castro
1969 – Wrote the “Guidelines of Norms and Procedures” for the public service section of the Department of operations of the DGCI; wrote and directed two Ministry of Interior TV programs; appointed as the head of the office of the DGCI at the Cuban Institute of Radio and TV (ICRT)
1970-1985 – produced 15 secret TV documentaries at the request of Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Ramiro Valdes, and Jose Abrantes
1971-1973 – Wrote several short stories edited by the Interior Ministry and published by the Moncada magazine
1974 – Appointed Vice-director of the Cuban TV; assigned mission to South Africa to investigate Cuban fishing vessels that had been sabotaged as well as secretly studying the possibilities of utilizing the Cuban fishing fleet to carry covet operations
1975 – Assigned mission abroad to open secret accounts at Swiss banks
1980 – Commander Ramiro Valdes assigned me to prepare secret TV informative documentaries for the Politburo of the CCP
1982 – Reassigned to East Germany at the Cuban intelligence center as a DCI official; gave several conferences about police and crime related activities, repeated in 1986
1983 – Called back to Cuba to carry on the TV secret programs
1986 – Appointed by Jose Abrantes as the Second Head of the Center of Intelligence in Budapest, Hungry ascending to the rank of Major; several conferences about police and crime related activities
1987 – Obtained political asylum in the United States for his wife and four children
1988 – Finished writing ‘The Myth of the G-2,’ a book based on my experiences from 1959 until 1986
1988-1989 – Organized several conferences about intelligence and counter-intelligence activities to U.S. federal agencies
1993 – Finished writing ‘The Inside of the MININT’

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of drafts and printed matter related to “The Inside of the MININT,” a book written by Rodriguez Menier describing the background, organization, and operative methods of the Cuban Ministry of Interior as well as a timeline. The collection is arranged in two groups, English drafts and Spanish drafts.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Cuba. Ministerio del Interior.
Cuba--History--Revolution, 1959.
Cuba--Politics and government.
Espionage, Cuban.
Intelligence service--Cuba.
Radio broadcasting--Cuba.
Secret service--Cuba.


Speeches and Writings 1991-1993

Scope and Contents note

This series contains English and Spanish drafts and printed matter pertaining to Juan Antonio Rodiguez Menier's “The Inside of the MININT.”
Box-folder 1 : 1-3

English draft, 1991-1993

Box-folder 1 : 4-7

Spanish draft, 1991-1993