How US Tried to Whack Castro
CIA devised creative means to remove Cuban president
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 21, 2008 2:09 PM CST
A painting of Cuban leader Fidel Castro remains on a school wall in Havana. The president resigned Tuesday because of health conditions.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite several assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, the Cuban president stepped down Tuesday on his own terms. The CIA came up with at least eight sometimes-kooky ways to oust the leader, CNN reports, most of which were not carried out:

  • Chemical attack on the air of his radio station.
  • Cigars treated to cause disorientation or his beard to fall out.

  • Thallium salt, used as a depilatory, placed in his shoes so he'd lose his beard.
  • Poison pills to be delivered to a Havana restaurant Castro frequented.
  • Poison pills, again, delivered through the Cuban mafia post-Bay of Pigs.
  • A fungus-infested skin-diving suit to produce tuberculosis and skin disease.
  • Booby-trapped mollusks at his favorite beach.
  • Assassination by a disenchanted member of Castro's inner circle.