Former Cuban President Fidel Castro (L)
visits Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. Havana, March 2, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Miraflores Palace/Handout
By Jeff Franks
Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:35pm EDT
(Reuters) - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has been out of the
public eye for more than two months, is working on a book with
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and is not at death's door, a
pro-government blogger said on Wednesday.
Yohandry Fontana, who often is
first to report official information and viewpoints, attacked a
Barcelona-based blog and other social media for spreading the idea that
Castro, who turned 86 on August 13, is seriously ill, and said there was
"bad news" for them and "the creative boys of the CIA."
"Fidel Castro works together with Hugo Chavez on a book that will appear soon," Fontana wrote.
source that confirmed this information also said the Leader of the
Revolution keeps up to date on the position of Ecuador regarding the
case of (Wikileaks founder) Julian Assange, among other national and
international issues that interest him," the blogger said.
was last heard from publicly on June 19 when he wrote the last of a
series of brief columns, or "reflections," published in Cuban state
His last known public
appearance occurred on March 28 when he went to the Vatican embassy in
Havana to meet Pope Benedict during his brief visit to the communist
man who took power in the 1959 Cuban revolution and ruled the country
for 49 years has been in declining health since undergoing emergency
surgery in July 2006 for an undisclosed intestinal ailment.
a close Castro ally and Cuba's top benefactor, remarked on his friend's
mental fitness via Twitter on August 13, after calling him to wish him
"It is impressive
his energy and lucidity. He is an example of will and of revolutionary
perseverance for all. Long live Fidel!!" he tweeted.
Chavez made no mention of the book said to be in the works.