Friend of accused bomb plotters at ‘nation’s most influential foreign-policy think tank’

The influential Council on Foreign Relations employs a director who thanks deported terrorist bomb plotters in a book, calls for restrictive gun laws, and has a long history of warm relations with the most extreme elements of the Castro regime.

“In Cuba many people spent long hours with me, helped open doors I could not have pushed through myself, and offered friendship and warmth to myself during research trips to the island…Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad championed this project,” Julia Sweig wrote in the acknowledgements of her 2002 book, “Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground.”

Sweig serves as the Latin American Studies director for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a high-powered think tank that includes the cream of U.S. foreign policy makers.

Montero and Abad, posing as U.N. diplomats, allegedly plotted to blow up Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Grand Central Terminal with 500 kilos of TNT on Black Friday in 1962. The two were deported prior to a trial and remain the only known suspects in the crime.


Humberto Fontova, author of “The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro” (Encounter Books), identifies Sweig as a foreign agent of influence and cites testimony from retired Lt. Col. Chris Simmons, a former intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, who foiled Castro-backed plots. The claim that Sweig is a foreign agent is not documented, and she declined to address the accusation.

Fontova also points to Sweig’s longstanding pro-Castro ties.