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Cuba’s Global Network of Terrorism, Intelligence and Warfare
Testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

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by Michelle Van Cleave
Published on May 17th, 2012

As the United States considers future policy and strategy in relation to Cuba, Cuban intelligence activities directed against the United States ando our interests, as well as our efforts to counter them, warrant careful review and debate. The growth and pervasiveness of hostile intelligence operations is a striking and largely unappreciated feature of the modern international security environment. Foreign adversaries including the Russians, the Chinese, the Cubans, and many others use intelligence as an effective instrument of asymmetric power to advance their strategic objectives, exploiting U.S. vulnerabilities to their collection and other intelligence activities. I think most Americans would be astonished by the extent to which foreign intelligence services have been able to steal our Nation’s national security secrets, often with impunity. The former Soviet Union was especially successful in stealing U.S. secrets, a tradition that continues unabated under Vladimir Putin’s Russia. But the Russians are far from alone, especially as other hostile services have literally gone to school on the practices of the old KGB.  Their star pupil is the DGI, Cuba’s General Directorate for Intelligence.

Read the full testimony here.

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