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    Fidel Castro claims he has the body of Che Guevara in Cuba. The DNA evidence in this collection may prove him wrong.

    Historic Che Guevara Archive, Including a Lock of His Hair, from the CIA Agent Who Supervised Che's Burial, including fingerprints, maps, letters, newspaper clippings, and dozens of death photographs of Che and his fellow guerrillas. The Cuban-born CIA agent who buried Che Guevara 40 years ago this October says his body is still in Bolivia even though Fidel Castro claims it's in Cuba. And DNA from the revolutionary's hair included in this lot can determine who is right.

    Gustavo Villoldo left his native Cuba for Miami in 1959, shortly after Castro overthrew Batista. Two years later, he was intelligence and security chief of the air wing of Brigade 2506, Cuban exiles that landed at the Bay of Pigs, and took part in two B-26 strafing runs. Villoldo was later commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army to train in guerrilla and counter-insurgency. In 1964, he was recruited by the CIA. The following year, there were rumors that Che Guevara planned to encourage liberation movements in countries around the world. Villoldo and other Cuban-American CIA agents first searched for Che Guevara in the Dominican Republic and then in the Congo, based on reports he was there. In 1966, Guevara went to the jungles of Bolivia. In the summer of 1967, Villoldo was told, according to secret documents declassified in 1993, that he and another Cuban-American agent "would be engaged in training intelligence teams for the 2nd Ranger Battalion as advisors and would be based in the town of Esperanza...and were told that there were strong indications that Guevara was leading the guerrillas. Among the instructions given them was a clear one that in the event that the Bolivian Army captured Guevara, they should do everything possible 'to keep him alive.'" The agents went to La Paz and "were issued Bolivian uniforms and credentials as captains in the Bolivian Army."

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    October, 2007
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