Cuban dictator Fidel Castro claims only one son, but he has at least seven children by three women. He preaches socialist equality, but has 32 houses to call home and three luxury yachts.
Those are some of the revelations about Castro that are now coming to us, and to the Central Intelligence Agency, from Soviet sources, including the KGB.
It is the kind of information that the CIA used to pay tens of thousands of dollars for, the kind of information that kept Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega on the CIA payroll. Except in the old days, Noriega might have made up the information because he knew the CIA was hungry for inflammatory stories about Castro's personal life. Sometimes Castro himself would help Noriega make up nonsense.
But the information from the KGB sources is considered genuine, and the Soviets are sharing it because they are fed up with their heavily subsidized dilettante in Havana.
Castro is an unreconstructed socialist, in word if not in deed, and he refuses to pull his nation into the new decade. Even students at the University of Havana, from which Castro spawned his revolution three decades ago against dictator Fulgencio Batista, have taken to calling him "El Loco" behind his back.
The one thing sure to anger the paranoid prima donna is an examination of his personal life, which is why our Soviet sources shared the details:
Castro lives well in 32 houses. Three are in Havana, and two are underground bunkers because Castro fears a nuclear attack by the United States.
He has a bodyguard force of 9,700 men. About 2,800 are stationed in Havana. If he is feeling especially paranoid, Castro can summon 20,000 men from the Interior Ministry and the army.
He was spooked by past bizarre plots of the CIA to, among other things, make his beard fall out and poison him with toxic shellfish. So, when Castro indulges in his favorite sport of scuba diving, he has more than 100 frogmen check the waters for any foreign objects and protect him while he dives.
Castro is known to be divorced from his first -- and only acknowledged -- wife, who now lives in Spain. But the Soviet sources say he has at least five sons from a secret second marriage. They all have names that start with "A." (Castro's own middle name is Alejandro.) The Soviets know the sons well because they were schooled in the Soviet Union where Cuban security agents posed as their parents. Castro also has an illegitimate daughter named Alma Fernandez Revuelta who is in her mid-30s.
Castro's only acknowledged son, from his first marriage, is Fidelito, head of Cuba's nuclear agency. Fidelito married and then divorced a Soviet woman. He then married a Cuban, but is about to drop her for a Spanish aristocrat.
Castro's younger brother, Raul, has not been allowed the luxury of divorce that Fidel gave himself. At Fidel's whim, Raul stays married to Vilma Espin even though they despise each other. Raul, who heads the Cuban armed forces, has consoled himself with the bottle and affairs with the director of Cuban television (with whom he had a daughter) and more recently with a Bulgarian mistress.