Back in 1961, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) opened a file on then 33-year-old Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, who they suspected of working with the communist Cuban regime, have now declassified and released to the Washington Post 137 pages of 24-year-long covert dossier of the high-profiled leftist.
Garcia Marquez arrived in New York City specifically to open a Cuban news service, a move that obviously grabbed the attention of then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
The Cuban sympathizer and friend of Fidel Castro, went on to become one of the most famous and praises writers, and was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for literature, before he died April 17, 2014.
His son Rodrigo, who happens to work in the film industry in Los Angeles, wasn’t surprised about the FBI file on his father.
“Considering the fact that this Colombian guy was in New York opening a Cuban press agency, it would be unusual if he was not spied upon”- Rodrigo Garcia, son of Garcia Marquez
President Obama said at the time of his passing, that Garcia Marquez was “a representative and voice for the people of the Americas,” adding that “the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers — and one of my favorites from the time I was young.”
President Bill Clinton, who like Obama and Castro, also befriended Garcia Marquez said that he “was honored to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years.”