the wasp network is a 2019 French thriller set in the 1990s about espionage, based on real life, in Havana. It is an adaptation of the book The last soldiers of the Cold Warof Ferdinand Morais. The lawsuit started when Joseph Basultleader of the non-profit Cuban exile organization, Brothers to the Rescue, stated that the French director and critic, Olivier Assayasnegatively changed key events about your organization.
The head of said organization of Cuban exiles accuses the entertainment company of distributing propaganda in favor of Cuba, since Netflix He featured him as a terrorist and drug trafficker in the political espionage feature film. The legal claim was filed a few hours ago in a federal court in Florida, where the former Cuban political dissident, José Basulto, alleged that Netflix and Ossayas falsely portrayed him as a puppet of the United States and a traitor to Cubawhile romanticizing the criminal activity carried out by the regime of Fidel Castro.
The petition reads the following paragraph: “This portrayal of Mr. Basulto, Brothers to the Rescue, and the Cuban exile community was deliberately calculated to create two clear and unequivocal villains for the film.”
Who were Brothers to the Rescue?
It is a squadron of civilian aviators and a humanitarian aid organization made up of Cuban exiles and people of various nationalities that was widely known for its opposition to the government of Fidel Castro.
In this regard, this is not the only legal argument that has received Netflix. In 2020, Ana Martínez also sued the company for her character in the film, played by Anne of Armspictured as a woman more than happy, promiscuous and “partying”.
Basulto also disapproved of the way in which the wasp network it allegedly distorts the criminal activity of the Cuban Five, a team of spies sent by Cuba in the early 1990s to infiltrate Miami-based exile groups.
“The film is an obvious attempt to rewrite and whitewash history in favor of the Cuban communist regime and it is inaccurate. the wasp network presents the Cuban Five as brave heroes who were simply defending their homeland. In reality, the Cuban Five were an espionage network that produced actionable intelligence that allowed the Cuban government to commit extrajudicial killings,” says a relevant text in the lawsuit.
Finally, the pilot Joseph Basult declared that the production falsely represents his non-profit organization opposed to the dictatorship of Fidel Castro, as a terrorist organization to justify the espionage of the Cuban Five.