INADEQUACY AND RELIEF OF THE COMMAND AT CAMAGUEY
THE SO-CALLED INVADING columns which had left the Sierra Maestra for Las Villas arrived at Camagüey almost without encountering the regular troops. To go from the Bayamo zone to Jobabo, which formed the boundary of Camagüey with Oriente, the rebels had "acquired" the services of Lieuts. Rodolfo Villamil and Ubineo León who, for money (according to statements of enemy officers), permitted them to cross the area without difficulty.* In one of the "Kangaroo" trials, held like a Roman cir-____________________
Capt. Rodríguez Tamayo said that he had personally dealt with Lieutenants Rodolfo Villamil and Ubineo Leén in the purchase of the Charco Redondo Mines Army post in Oriente province. The deal included the arms and ammunitions, as also the soldiers. Rodríguez Tamayo added that Castro congratulated him on the deal and that he personally paid $50,000 to Lieutenants Villamil and León who, thereupon joined the rebel forces with 48 men and all the equipment.
"Through this office in the Department of the Adjutant General, Lieut. Rodolfo Villamil tried more than once to set up a conspiracy. Villamil and another officer, Lieut. León, began to sound out the spirit of the troops, with their eyes on a possible internal conspiracy . . . a letter from Fidel Castro, their old buddy of student days at Belen School and the Alma Mater, found them at their camp in Cerro Pelado." ( Bohemia, Jan. 11, 1959.)