Documents Show FBI Monitored Mexican Author, Carlos Fuentes

Photo of Carlos Fuentes by Abderrahman Bouirabdane (Flickr)AP, 6/22/2013

The FBI and the U.S. State Department closely monitored Mexican author Carlos Fuentes for more than two decades because he was considered a communist and a sympathizer of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, recently released documents show. The documents posted on the FBI’s website this week show the United States denied Fuentes an entry visa at least twice in the 1960s.

In one of the memorandums Fuentes is described as “a leading Mexican communist writer” and a “well-known Mexican novelist with long history of subversive connections.” Fuentes died in 2012 at age 83 after suffering an internal hemorrhage. In the 170-page dossier of internal official documents and some newspaper articles, the FBI describes how it monitored Fuentes and denied him permission to enter the United States for having been a member of the Mexican Communist Party.

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