Havana has denied a “malicious” US media report that it agreed to allow Beijing to install a surveillance facility
FILE PHOTO: US flag flies at the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015 © AP / Desmond Boylan
Cuba has slammed a Wall Street Journal report that claimed the island nation had agreed to host a Chinese spy base, calling it part of a pattern of false US accusations designed to justify aggression and sanctions against Havana.
“Slanders as these have been fabricated frequently by US officials, apparently familiarized with intelligence information, such as the ones that referred to the alleged acoustic attacks against US diplomatic personnel,” Cuban Foreign Minister Carlos Fernandez de Cossio said on Thursday. He also cited past US claims that Cuba had biological weapons labs and had stationed military forces in Venezuela.
Cuba’s top diplomat made his comments in response to a media report earlier on Thursday that alleged Havana had agreed to allow China to establish a secret spy base on the island to eavesdrop on US communications. China will pay Cuba “several billion dollars” to install the surveillance facility, which will be located about 100 miles south of Florida, the Wall Street Journal said, citing anonymous US intelligence officials.
The @WSJ report of a Chinese spy base in Cuba is not the first time U.S. officials have fabricated "mendacious and unfounded" information to tighten sanctions, says @CarlosFdeCossio, citing past claims of sonic attacks, 20K Cuban troops in Venezuela and biological weapons labs ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/6Yoxieqjvx
— Belly of the Beast (@bellybeastcuba) June 8, 2023
The various US accusations are “fallacies promoted with a malicious intention to justify the unprecedented reinforcement of the economic blockade, destabilization and the aggression against Cuba, and to deceive public opinion in the United States and around the world,” Fernandez de Cossio said.