Fidel Castro States Cuba Never Denied Snowden Access, Media Reports Are False
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
In an official statement Cuba’s Fidel Castro declared that media reports by Russian newspaper Kommersant, about Cuba’s position on Edward Snowden, were incorrect. Kommersant reported that the USA threatened Cuba with “adverse consequences” if they allowed Edward Snowden to pass through their territory en-route to an asylum destination. As a result Cuba were reported to have told Moscow that any attempts to land in Cuba would be rejected. Fidel Castro has stated (excerpt translated by Google hence the relatively fragmented English translation):
“Just a few hours on Monday, August 26, law agencies well known for its classic sophisticated services to the United States, is dedicated to spreading the news that Edward Snowden had to establish in Russia because Cuba had agreed to the pressures of USA.
I do not know if someone somewhere said something or not to Snowden, because that is not my task. I read what I can about news, reviews and books published in the world. I admire how brave and fair Snowden statements, which in my opinion rendered a service to the world by revealing disgustingly dishonest politics powerful empire lying and deceiving the world. With what would disagree that anyone, whatever their merits, can speak on behalf of Cuba.
The lie tariffed. Who says? The Russian newspaper “Kommersant” What is this libel? According to Reuters herself explains the newspaper quoted sources close to the U.S. State Department: “The reason for this was that at the last minute Cuba informed the authorities that would prevent Snowden took the flight of the airline Aeroflot.”
Of course with Snowden now being offered Asylum in Russia he has no need for Cuba’s services but it would appear he can rely on them should he need them.
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