The varied US governments throughout Fidel Castro reign tried to kill him over 600 instances. Fabian Escalante, the previous head of the Cuban Secret Service, estimates that the assassination makes an attempt break down like this: the Eisenhower administration tried to kill Castro 38 instances; Kennedy, 42; Johnson, 72; Nixon, 184; Carter, 64; Reagan, 197; Bush Sr., 16; Clinton, 21.(the precise numbers are disputed).
The CIA tried numerous (typically silly) strategies to assassinate the Cuban chief. When wild unorthodox strategies like cigars(poisoned and exploding), contaminated air, poisoned tablets, fungus and a poison-filled syringe failed, they got here out with even wilder schemes like inserting thallium salt in his footwear, within the hope that his beard would fall out(severely ‘Murica?!).
Then somebody on the CIA got here up with a crazy plan to kill him utilizing a Seashell.. Yeah a goddamn booby-trapped SEASHELL! You see, the dictator was a fan of pores and skin diving, so intelligence brokers plotted to put an particularly spectacular shell in a reef Castro was identified to frequent. The hope was that the shell could be so stunning that Castro would decide it up and, by doing so, set off an explosive.
Sadly (or happily for the Cubans), this elaborate, vacuous plan was later deemed unpractical and was dropped.