Foreign Correspondents: Last Men in Havana

Shortly after his arrival in Cuba, the Associated Press's Daniel Harker encountered Fidel Castro at a reception in the French embassy. "Why did they ever send you to Havana?" asked Castro. Marker's answer was blunt and honest. "I guess the A.P. thought I was expendable," he said. Four years after Castro's revolution sealed the island from nosy newsmen, only three Western correspondents — all wire service men — remain on duty in Havana.

Harker himself is a replacement, sent up from Colombia after Harold K. Milks, then the A.P.'s Havana bureau chief,...

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