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CIA, Cuban Highlights – 09/04/1962

In this report prepared for the Special Group, the CIA judged that the joint Soviet-Cuban communique did not commit the USSR to coming to Cuba’s defense but rather “it sounds like an effort to justify continued large-scale military shipments in the face of evidence that the US is becoming increasingly concerned over the situation. Although it does not tie Moscow down, it serves also as a tranquilizer for the edginess which the Castro government has been experiencing lately.”

The CIA also reported that probably over half of the sixteen ships currently enroute to Cuba were likely carrying some kind of military equipment. They would bring the number of block dry cargo ships heading to Cuba in the previous six weeks to sixty-nine.


Source Archive: National Security Files, box 46, John F. Kennedy Library.