Friday, November 18, 2005

CIA Diagnosis: Castro Has Parkinson's Disease

The CIA's Directorate of Intelligence (DI) has issued a report saying that Cuban leader Fidel Castro is suffering from Parkinson's disease, according to several sources.

The Agency has conducted medical profiling of foreign leaders for years. The CIA once obtained a stool sample of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during a visit to Great Britain in order to look for traces of medicines or other evidence of medical problems.

Castro, for his part, responded to these reports by giving a five and a half hour speech in Havana last night, but did not expressly deny having Parkinson's. Castro was quoted as saying that "it would not matter" if he had the disease, adding "The Pope (John Paul II) had Parkinson's and went on for a lot of years traveling around the world."

The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that the CIA believes that Castro was diagnosed with the disease in 1998, and that the Agency began briefing policymakers on this matter a year ago.


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