September 24, 2023

A high Cuban official Thursday issued a flat denial of a Wall Road Journal story that alleged Cuba and China had reached an settlement to put in an eavesdropping facility on the island.

Cuban Deputy International Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossío issued a strongly worded assertion, calling the newspaper’s data “completely mendacious and unfounded.”

“They’re all fallacies promoted with the perfidious intention to justify the unprecedented  intensification of the blockade, the destabilization and aggression towards Cuba and to deceive public opinion in america and the world,” Fernández de Cossío mentioned.

Based on the Journal, U.S. officers with entry to “extremely categorised intelligence” mentioned China would pay Cuba “a number of billion {dollars}” to put in a base roughly 100 miles south of Florida.

The bottom could be used to intercept digital communications all through the southeastern United States and to observe ship visitors, based on the report.

The U.S. authorities can also be denying the story; with Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder calling it “inaccurate.”

“Definitely we all know that China and Cuba preserve a relationship of types, however on the subject of the precise actions outlines within the press reporting, primarily based on the data we now have, that’s not correct,” Ryder mentioned. “We’re not conscious of China and Cuba creating any sort of spy station.”

Fernández de Cossío in his assertion blamed U.S. officers for fabricating the story, taking goal at different points which have spiked tensions throughout the Straits of Florida.

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“Lies of this kind have been fabricated incessantly by United States officers, who’re apparently acquainted with intelligence, like these referring to supposed sonic assaults towards United States diplomatic personnel, the falsehood concerning the nonexistent Cuban navy presence in Venezuela and the lie concerning the imaginary existence of organic weapons labs,” Fernández de Cossío mentioned.

Up to date at 4:58 p.m. EDT.