Obama’s Ambassador Nominee Linked to Cuban Spy

By: Theodore Kettle
11 December 2009

Mari Del Carmen Aponte’s nomination as President Clinton’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic had to be withdrawn in 1998 when the late Sen. Jesse Helms let it be known he had an intelligence memo examining her connections to Communist Cuba’s spy agency.

On Wednesday, after years of giving many thousands of dollars to Democratic Party candidates and causes, Aponte has been nominated as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador by President Obama, who said her “depth of experience … will be valuable to my administration as we work to bring about real change for the American people.”

Aponte is a lawyer and longtime friend of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who served on Bill Clinton’s White House transition team in 1993. A 1998 Insight Magazine article said, “while routinely monitoring Cuban intelligence officers at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, the FBI discovered that a member of President Clinton’s White House transition team may have been recruited as a spy for Fidel Castro.”…

… As Newsmax reported in a 2000 story on post-Cold War Communist spies living in the U.S., “Aponte raised money for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in the Latino community in 1996.” She has, in fact, been a superstar within left-wing Hispanic political circles, having been on the board of directors of the National Council of La Raza and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Aponte was executive director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) while Sila Maria Calderon of the Popular Democratic Party was governor of the island – in effect a kind of political ambassador of Puerto Rico to the 50 states, promoting Calderon’s policies to federal, state, and local governments…

Read the entire article at Newsmax.

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