Unbeknown to the Cuban people, President Fidel Castro has a wife with whom he has had five children, a Soviet newspaper says. He also has 32 houses and 9,700 guards responsible for his personal security, it says.

These tidbits - all unverifiable - about Castro's personal life appeared in a recent edition of Komsomolskaya Pravda, a leading liberal daily in Moscow. They added a new dimension to the trend toward more candid reporting about Cuba in the Soviet press."This is the most biting article yet because it goes after Fidel Castro personally," one Bush administration official said. A translation of the article appeared in a U.S. government publication that monitors the foreign media.

Castro's private life is a mystery to the Cuban public. Cubans are aware that he was married in the late 1940s, has a son, Fidelito, by that marriage, and that he was divorced in the mid-1950s.

The article says said that apart from Fidelito, Castro also has an illegitimate daughter, Alina Fernandez Revuelta, about 34 years old.

Castro's "present wife" works in the Cuban Institute of Oceanography and they have five sons, the story said.