Cuban Spies Might Have Planted the Senator Menendez Prostitute Story
By Margaret HartmannFollow @marghartmann
Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey is under investigation for a
variety of shady activities, but the most explosive accusation came in
November 2012, when the Daily Caller reported that he solicited underage
prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. Eventually the women recanted
their story, and Tucker Carlson was forced to deny that his website paid
for the story. Now, there’s another wild twist: The Washington Post
reports that Menendez is asking the Justice Department to investigate
evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government made
up the prostitute story and planted it in the media in an elaborate plot
to take down one their biggest opponents in the U.S. government.
Sources says the CIA has evidence including IP addresses that links
Cuban agents to the effort to smear Menendez. Last year, an intelligence
report provided to U.S. officials suggested that Cuba’s Directorate of
Intelligence helped create a fake tipster named “Pete Williams,” who
told the FBI and others that the senator had participated in poolside
sex parties with prostitutes. The Cuban operatives allegedly tracked
Menendez’s flights on his friend Dr. Salomon Melgen’s private plane to
make the timeline more credible, and used business associates and
lawyers in the Dominican Republic to create the “Pete Williams” persona.
It’s unclear if the U.S. government has started looking into the claims
about the Cubans, and it appears the Justice Department is still
investigating whether Menendez broke the law when he intervened with
federal officials to help Melgen on several occasions.
When asked to comment on the possibility that the Daily Caller’s
reporters were duped by Cuban spies, Carlson told the Post, “I really
can’t assess it without more information,” adding, “It’s bizarre on its
face, but also fascinating.” For the time being, you’ll have to draw
your own conclusions about whether the Daily Caller’s recent reports on
the Obama’s wasteful vacation spending and the “global warming zealots”
who claim redheads are endangered were planted by the Cubans.
Source: Cuba Might Have Planted Menendez Prostitute Tale — NYMag –