A researcher in Cuban's Center for the Historical Investigation of State Security, Tomas Gutierrez Gonzalez, has published the most detailed accounting of the La Coubre disaster that I have encountered in the Cuban press. While most Cuban articles published on or around the anniversary day of March 4 mix fact with fiction "proving" the explosion to be the result of US intervention, Gutierrez sticks to the facts of the explosion and its immediate aftermatch. Much of his information can be found in Cuban newspaper articles published in the days following the explosion. Other details must come from oral histories he or others have gathered from stevedores, soldiers, and others who were on the docks. Some insights undoubtedly come from Cuba's own investigation into the event.
But the majority of what is here is publicly available in old newspapers and accounts such as that of Jean Paul Sartre.
Interesting to me, is that despite the increased detail and better writing, which certainly lends more authority to his story than to most published in Cuba about this event, Gutierrez still doesn't feel the need to go beyond Fidel Castro's initial explanation of the sabotage. There is no attempt to put together a more specific or more accurate case than the one Castro first made on March 5, 1960, the day after the explosion.
If any writer or historian has access to additional documents in Cuba, it would probably be Gutierrez, who works for the government. Why not share more? Do they not have any more information in Cuba about how La Coubre was sabotaged (assuming it was)?
While there is a lot of interesting detail about the moment-to-moment experience of the explosion, Gutierrez's article still leaves a lot out. And, by its end, the ultimate impact of the piece is to invoke the omniscience of Fidel Castro, as if his speech of March 5, 1960, tells us everything we really need to know about La Coubre. While this may not be surprising given the official outlet, one would think that Gutierrez (who, I repeat, is a good writer) might have done research beyond the collection of oral histories and note-taking from newspapers. And, if the Cubans do know more facts about who blew up La Coubre and how the sabotage was carried out, why not share them?