In 2006, Fredo Arias-King pointed out to me that Castaneda`s Soviet mother was an employee of Stalin`s government when his father, Mexico`s UN ambassador, met her in New York City in the early 1950s, where she was a translator for Stalin`s delegation. Castaneda`s chief advisor while he was Foreign Minister (2001-2003) was his older half-brother, Ambassador-at-Large Andres Rozental Gutman, who is his mother`s son by a previous marriage. Rozental personally advised Mexico`s immigration negotiators with the Bush administration.
On Monday, the Mexico City newspaper El Universal has accused Castaneda of spying for Castro`s intelligence service on his father, who was Mexico`s foreign minister in the late 1970s and early 1980s: "Casta?±eda espi?? a M?©xico y a su padre."Even though Castaneda is a frequent commentator in the American press, the American media, according to a Google News search, ignored the story — after all, it`s only a story about America`s next-door neighbor — except for the LA Times on Wednesday, which headlined Castaneda`s denial of a story that nobody in America had been told about.