Leaked documents discuss Cuban spies, US concerns

December 1, 2010 02:31

CARACAS, Venezuela  — Cuban intelligence agents have deep involvement in Venezuela and enjoy direct access to President Hugo Chavez, the US Embassy said in a 2006 diplomatic cable.

The report from then US Ambassador William Brownfield was posted online Tuesday by the newspaper El Pais of Spain as a growing list of sensitive US government messages were released by WikiLeaks.The Jan. 30, 2006, cable says that "Cuban intelligence officers have direct access to Chavez and frequently provide him with intelligence reporting unvetted by Venezuelan officers."

Similar claims have been made by Chavez's political opponents, but US officials have not publicly aired such concerns.

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