Cuba accuses German foundation of CIA links

13:06, April 29, 2010      

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Cuba accused the German foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) of maintaining close ties with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the official daily Granma said Wednesday.

Granma reported that the KAS recently organized a conference in Brussels entitled "Cuba-EU Policy: Between Pragmatism and Values," attended mostly by CIA agents and experts in Latin America.

"Clearly we are in the presence of another intervention of the U.S. intelligence service in the field of global politics in Europe," Granma said.

The newspaper cited the Venezuelan-American researcher Eva Golinger, who revealed that since the 1960s, the KAS has been striving to isolate and undermine the Cuban Revolution.

Golinger said the foundation is closely linked with the Cuban American National Foundation and the Center for a Free Cuba, both largely funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Washington-based non-profit organization supported by the U.S. national budget.

The KAS was founded in 1956 and belongs to the German Christian Democratic Union. It has an annual budget of 100 million euros.

Granma added that amount allows the KAS to finance political parties, NGOs, or any organization that promotes the interests of the international right-wing, which is supported by the United States.



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