From Herald Wire Services
HAVANA -- The Cuban government on Thursday accused the United States of
holding the world's record in espionage and declined again to acknowledge or
deny involvement in an alleged Cuban spy network uncovered in Miami.
``When it comes to espionage to subvert the political stability of other
there are no world records like those amassed by the United States, especially in
the case of Cuba,'' a Foreign Ministry spokesman said during a press briefing.
Alejandro Gonzalez said that in the past four decades, Washington ``has
carrying out all kinds of covert and overt acts against the security, stability and
well-being of the Cuban people.''
On Monday, the FBI announced in Miami that it had arrested 10 people and
charged them with providing the Cuban government with information about U.S.
military installations and Cuban exile organizations.
``This is not the first time that all kinds of accusations are made'' by
Gonzalez said. They ``have called hundreds of people `spies' and have taken
action against them. . . . We are used to all types of campaigns from the United
The arrests have not been reported in the Cuban media.
Gonzalez said all he knew about the situation is what he read in the American
press, ``which we are watching.''
Asked if he would confirm or deny the FBI's allegations of espionage, he
answered: ``I have nothing more to say about this affair.''
On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Roberto Robaina told foreign journalists that
would ``neither confirm nor deny [the charges] but simply listen, so I can come to
an opinion later.'' He told his listeners that ``that type of campaign, of manipulation,
of orchestration, of ballyhoo, is a specialty of the American press.''
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