Manuel Prieto Gomez

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Nationality Cuban
Known for Claimed US forces tortured him on the Guantanamo Naval Base, in the early 60s

Manuel Prieto Gomez was one of the citizen of Cuba who worked at the United States Guantanamo Bay Naval Base at the time Fidel Castro overthrew the American supported Batista government.[1] He had worked there for three years when he claims he was seized by US officials, on January 5, 1961, and tortured, with the intent of making him confess that he was spying for the new Cuban regime.[2] He reported he had also been offered rewards if he agreed to spy on Cuba on behalf of the USA.

Prieto's story was repeated in Granma, Cuba's official newspaper, in 2004.[1]


  1. a b Jana K. Lipman (2009). Guantánamo: A Working-Class History Between Empire and Revolution (in English). University of California Press. pp. 160–161. ISBN 9780520255395. Retrieved 2012-12-19. For example, base workers Manuel Prieto Gomez and Rolando Quintero were dismissed from GTMO in 1961. On January 5, 1961, the base police detained Prieto and accused him of being an agent for the Cuban government and stealing U.S. documents. Prieto later claimed that intelligence officers beat him, threatened him with death, and hooked him up to a lie detector. He insisted that he supported the revolutionary government, but was not an agent for anyone. Then the base officials tried the opposite tack, offering Prieto good work, money, and access to the United States, if he would cooperate with them.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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  2. "Torture claimed at Cuba base" (in English). Milwaukee Sentinel. 1961-02-14. Retrieved 2012-12-19.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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