ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INTERVIEW
ONE DAY, AS I was lunching, an aide informed me that he had overheard an officer saying that Gen. Eulogio Cantillo had been ordered by the Joint Chief of Staff to hold an interview with the rebel leader Fidel Castro.* At this time, Gen. Cantillo was chief of a vast territory, the most vital and strategic, Oriente Province. He was in command of more than 15,000 men with the best armament available and most of the Army's armored units. His headquarters were in the eastern capital and Naval land forces and sea units were also under his control.
The same afternoon I had a visit from my son Rubén. He told me that Lieut. Col. José Martínez Suárez was anxious to speak to me about an important problem. I made an appointment for 8 that night.
Martínez Suárez informed me that Gen. Cantillo had left for Oriente that day on orders of Gen. Tabernilla Dolz. When Cantillo came to the offices of the Joint Command in Havana, he____________________