From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: U.S.: Cuban U.N. Diplomats Spying
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Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 22:46:19 -0500
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 22:51:38 EST
Organization: Bell Sympatico
U.S.: Cuban U.N. Diplomats Spying
By GEORGE GEDDA
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Two U.N.-based Cuban diplomats being ordered out of =
the country by the State Department were identified Wednesday as =
Francisco Gonzalez Garcia, a counselor, and Carlos Augusto Suarez =
Fleitas, a second secretary.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, who declined to name the =
diplomats, said the two were asked to leave the country for engaging in =
activities ``deemed to be harmful to the United States outside their =
They were identified by another official, who spoke on condition of =
anonymity, The expulsion orders were disclosed Tuesday.
The two apparently were engaged in spying, a common activity at the =
Cuban U.N. mission, according to Alcibiades Hidalgo, who served as Cuban =
ambassador to the United Nations a decade ago and defected to the United =
States this past summer.
In an interview in July, Hidalgo contended that of the 50 or so Cubans =
assigned to the United Nations, about 90 percent were spies.
The Cuban government has acknowledged sending spies to the United =
States, arguing that it must keep informed about potentially hostile =
actions by U.S. government agencies against the island.
Cuba also has said U.S. spies have worked undercover at the U.S. =
diplomatic mission in Havana. In the late 1980s, Cuba identified some 30 =
U.S. government personnel as spies and showed tapes of their activities =
on national television.
In addition to the two Cubans at the United Nations, the State =
Department also has ordered the expulsion of two Cubans from the =
country's diplomatic mission in Washington.
It said on Tuesday the two had supported a spy for Cuba, Ana Belen =
Montes, who recently was sentenced to a 25-year prison term.
Oscar Redondo Toledo and Gustavo Machin Gomez, both first secretaries, =
were declared persona non grata and were ordered to leave the country in =
Montes secretly worked for Cuba while serving as an analyst at the =
Defense Intelligence Agency.