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Antonio Castro

Favored Castro Son Falls for Internet Masquerade

June 15, 2009 05:30 PM
by Kate Davey
For the past eight months, Fidel Castro’s son Antonio has been in an online relationship with a male Cuban-American blogger pretending to be a young Colombian woman.

Antonio Castro Gets Hoaxed

The Miami Herald reports that for eight months, “Claudia,” supposedly a Colombian sports journalist in her mid-twenties,” and Antonio Castro, son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, flirted and chatted online. Castro shared many details about his life of privilege in Cuba and his trips that took him around the world.

What Antonio Castro did not realize was that “Claudia” was actually an online persona created by Luis Dominguez, a 46-year-old Florida-based blogger who emigrated from Cuba in 1971.

According to the BBC, Dominguez said he was not sorry for deceiving Castro and was glad he had  exposed how extravagantly the Castros lived, in comparison with the rest of the Cuban people. “I use whatever tools I have to be able to get back at these people … I have no remorse whatsoever.”

The Miami Herald reports that Dominguez exposed the online relationship on Americateve TV Channel 41 in Miami; he told the station that his ruse allowed him to '”shatter the myth” that it was impossible to penetrate Castro family security.

The Guardian writes that Antonio Castro, the physician for Cuba’s national baseball team, is “reputedly Fidel’s favourite son.”

Related Topic: The odd obsessions of political figures

Antonio Castro’s taste for 26-year-old brunette sports fans is tame compared to the alleged obsessions attributed to other public figures.

For example, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who typically sports a bouffant hairdo, a jumpsuit, platform shoes and large sunglasses, supposedly loves movies and has collected more than 20,000 of them. Some of his favorites apparently include Daffy Duck films; the Independent reports that he likes James Bond, too, but was very angry about how North Korea was portrayed in “Die Another Day.”

In 2006, the British tabloid the Daily Mail reported that Osama bin Laden wanted to kill Bobby Brown, singer Whitney Houston’s husband at the time.

The accusations came from Sudanese writer, Kola Boof, who claimed in her autobiography “Diary of a Lost Girl,” that she was bin Laden’s sex slave for four months in the early 1990s. 

According to Boof, the al-Qaeda leader “had a paramount desire for Whitney Houston, and although he claimed music was evil he spoke of someday… [going to] America … to arrange a meeting.”

Boof also alleged that bin Laden kept copies of Star magazine and Playboy magazine in his briefcase.

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