Socialist Watch: Castro’s Spy, Our Ambassador?

Here’s something that’s not getting enough attention in either old or new media. President Obama has nominated Mari Del Carmen Aponte as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador. What’s the problem, you ask? Well, turns out Aponte may be another one of those radicals that our president pals around with. She was nominated once before in 1998 by Bill Clinton as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, but that nomination was derailed by the late Sen. Jesse Helms when — wait for it — he exposed Aponte’s connection to Cuban spies. From NewsMax (h/t The Two Malcontents):

Aponte is a lawyer and longtime friend of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who served on Bill Clinton’s White House transition team in 1993. A 1998 Insight Magazine article said, “while routinely monitoring Cuban intelligence officers at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, the FBI discovered that a member of Clinton’s White House transition team may have been recruited as a spy for Fidel Castro.

According to the magazine, which folded last year, the FBI believed Aponte’s live-in boyfriend was an agent for Cuba’s Dirreción General de Inteligencia or DGI. Later named as Roberto Tamayo, the magazine said the FBI discovered that he “introduced her to Cuban intelligence officers at the interests section. He allegedly gave her a ‘loan’ believed to have come from the Cuban secret service — a loan Aponte never repaid. When questioned by the FBI in 1994, Aponte refused to take a polygraph test.”

So, you ask, why would President Obama nominate Aponte a second time? Well, it could have something to do with the thousands of dollars she has given to Democratic campaigns over the past few years (detailed further by NewsMax). Like they say, follow the money, honey. It could also have something to do with Aponte’s longtime association with far left Latino organizations, including the National Council of La Raza. But let’s face it: It’s the money. Aponte bought herself an ambassadorial nomination.

Concluding thought #1: What size cojones must Bill Clinton have had to nominate Aponte in 1998, after the FBI had already raised questions about her and she refused to take a polygraph in 1994?

Concluding thought #2: Of course, it takes real stupidity cojones to nominate her a second time after Senate Republicans already derailed her nomination in ’98.

Concluding thought #3: Then again, maybe it wasn’t the money. We’ve had Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones, and Kevin Jennings — and that’s just to name a few. Why not Mari Del Carmen Aponte? Maybe Obama genuinely likes her.

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