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Castro’s son hoaxed by fake woman
Fidel Castro's son, Antonio Castro, has learned the hard way the truth of the saying, "On the internet, the men are men, the women are men, and the children are FBI agents." A cuban exile, Luis Dominguez, created a fake online persona -- "Claudia, a 27-year-old Colombian sports journalist" -- and used it to conduct an online relationship with Castro's son. He did it, he said, to expose the opulent lifestyle of the Castros. From the BBC:

Claudia made contact with Antonio and they chatted on and off for an eight-month period.
Antonio shared details of his daily life in Cuba and his trips around the world with his uncle Raul, the Cuban president, but did not reveal any state secrets.
However, Mr Dominguez says that by showing what he describes as the opulent lifestyles the Castros live in a communist country like Cuba he has achieved his aim.
Categories: Identity/Imposters
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 17, 2009
Comments (3)
Slow news day.....
Posted by Canadarm  on  Wed Jun 17, 2009  at  09:47 PM
I like the claim of exposing the opulence without actually exposing any opulence. The guy was trolling for women on the internet, now that is opulent!
Posted by floormaster squeeze  on  Thu Jun 18, 2009  at  09:00 AM
If the claim is "Luis Dominguez, created a fake online persona" how do we know he was talking to the real Antonia Castro?

Maybe Antonia Castro was the creation of someone else too. Then it would have been the fake talking to the fake.

Exposing opulent lifestyles of the Cuban elite says to me the second fake was the CIA.
Posted by Joel B1  in  Hobart, Tasmania  on  Fri Jun 19, 2009  at  10:02 PM
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