Press Advisory: Urgent appeal by Center for a Free Cuba to Chairs and Ranking members in the Senate and House tasked with U.S. national security oversight 

Press Advisory

Urgent appeal by Center for a Free Cuba to Chairs and Ranking members in the Senate and House tasked with U.S. national security oversight 


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June 9, 2023                                                                                                                                                                                           
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Washington DC. Center for a Free Cuba. The following urgent appeal was sent today to the chairs and ranking members in the U.S. Senate of the Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, and in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Armed Services Committees calling on them to address an urgent matter jeopardizing U.S. national security, the establishment of a major Chinese electronic eavesdropping facility 90 miles from the United States.

 

The appeal sent by the Center for a Free Cuba asks these Members of Congress to:

1) Take immediate action before this plan moves forward. Minimally, all initiatives between Washington and Havana, including closing the US Embassy in Cuba should be put on the table.

2) Hold hearings, and to urge President Biden, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to move promptly on this urgent threat.

This appeal is made by Mr. Guillermo Marmol, Chairman of the Center for a Free Cuba,  Ms. Mary Curtis Horowitz, Vice Chair of the Center for a Free Cuba, and Ambassador Otto J. Reich, President of the Center for a Free Cuba.

Below is the text of the full appeal:

Dear Member of Congress:

We are calling on you to address an urgent matter jeopardizing the national security of the United States. The eyes of the world are focused on Ukraine (and Cuba has played a nefarious role in that conflict) but our immediate concern is Cuba’s agreement with China to establish an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island.

The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that “China and Cuba have reached a secret agreement for China to establish an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island, in a brash new geopolitical challenge by Beijing to the U.S., according to U.S. officials familiar with highly classified intelligence.”

Cuba is known to have engaged in sophisticated espionage throughout the world as an adjunct to the Soviet KGB and now the FSB. It’s spying inside the United States, as the case of DIA’s Ana Belen Montes demonstrates, has had a destructive effect. Nor is Havana’s support of China’s intelligence operations new; China has long benefited from Cuban spy operations around the world, and China took over operations at Lourdes and Bejucal when the Russians left after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

But this new facility represents a major change in scale and potential impact. Havana is expected to receive several billion dollars from Beijing for this state of the art facility. Once operational, it could have devastating consequences. We ask that you take immediate action before this plan moves forward. Minimally, all initiatives between Washington and Havana, including closing the US Embassy should be put on the table.

We also ask that you hold hearings, and to urge President Biden, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to move promptly on this urgent threat.

 

Yours very truly,

 

Mr. Guillermo Marmol, Chairman, Center for a Free Cuba

Ms. Mary Curtis Horowitz, Vice Chair, Center for a Free Cuba

Ambassador Otto J. Reich, President, Center for a Free Cuba