Bodyguard reveals lifestyle of Fidel Castro – Newsnight archives


John Simpson interviews Castro’s former bodyguard, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez.

The public image of Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro is that of the exemplary and frugal leader, but his bodyguard of 17 years claims it was a sham.

In his explosive book, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez contends that the vast majority of Cubans were unaware their leader enjoyed a lifestyle beyond the dreams of many and at odds with the sacrifices he demanded of them.

This BBC Newsnight film was produced by Maria Polachowska.

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Date: October 27, 2019

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