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US Cuba Programs: The Stuff of Spies?

by Frances Robles McClatchy Newspapers

MIAMI — To the U.S. government aid workers who he suspected were secret agents, Cuban professor Raul Capote was “Pablo.” He went by “Daniel” with his Cuban government contacts, who were spies for sure.

Now Havana claims that for the six years that he worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on educational workshops and library programs, Capote was a spook, too.

“The man started asking, what materials do you need?” Capote said in an installment of a Cuban documentary series, “Cuba’s Reasons.” “The contacts that came – it was never the same person twice, always someone new – started to buy me what I needed for my work: money, camera, laptop, memory drives, all kinds of gear to pass information.”

Capote is one of the Cuban intelligence agents recently exposed by Havana in its quest to pull the curtain back on one of the most controversial elements of Cuban-U.S. relations: USAID democracy programs. In a series of videos aired on state-run television and posted on the Internet, USAID contractors are shown meeting with alleged members of civil society, establishing libraries, arts workshops, distributing powdered milk and discussing secret electronic equipment.

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May 15, 2011 - Posted by | State Department, USAID | , , ,

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