| 2009/10/26 00:00

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Mexico spied on Colombian author

Oct 26--Mexico's intelligence service spied on the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez for decades and considered him a Cuban agent, newly disclosed files have revealed.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Mexico spied on Colombian author

The now defunct DFS agency bugged the Nobel laureate's phone and monitored his movements from 1967, when he moved to Mexico with his family, until at least 1985, after which documents remain secret.

The authorities suspected the Colombian author of One Hundred Years of Solitude because of his leftist sympathies and friendship with Fidel Castro.
Declassified documents published in the newspaper El Universal revealed the DSF kept a file on the celebrated author during the era of the "dirty war" waged by right wing Latin American governments against suspected subversives.

In one tapped conversation with the director of Cuba's Prensa Latina news agency, Jorge Timossi, Márquez mentioned he had given the publishing rights for his book, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, to Cuba's communist government.

"The above proves that Gabriel García Márquez, besides being pro-Cuban and pro-Soviet, is a propaganda agent at the service of the intelligence agency of that country," a DFS document said in 1982. The same year he won the Nobel Prize for literature.
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