Russia preparing to reopen intelligence gathering operation in Castro’s Cuba

Despite the never ending stream of evidence clearly proving otherwise, the “Cuba Experts” and Castro regime propagandists here in the U.S. continue to swear Cuba’s criminal apartheid dictatorship is not a threat to America. Then again, what else would you expect? These folks aren’t paid to tell the truth.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Russia Set to Reopen Military-Intelligence Gathering Facility in Cuba

According to Russian state media, Vladimir Putin and Cuba’s Castro brothers have agreed to resume electronic espionage operations at the Lourdes Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) facility near Havana.

The Lourdes SIGINT facility was the largest such complex operated by Russia and its intelligence services outside the region of the former Soviet Union. At its peak, the facility was staffed by over 1,500 KGB, GRU and Cuban DGI technicians, engineers and intelligence operatives.

According to the Intelligence Resource Program, the Lourdes complex was capable of monitoring a wide array of commercial and government communications throughout the southeastern United States, and between the United States and Europe.

From this key facility, Russia monitored U.S. commercial satellites, and sensitive communications dealing with U.S. military, merchant shipping and Florida-based NASA space programs.

Note that the U.S. military’s Central Command, Southern Command and Special Operations Command are all based in Florida.

On October 17, 2001, Russian President Putin announced that the Lourdes facility would be shut down. However, negotiations to reopen the facility began a few years ago and culminated during this week’s trip by Putin to Havana.

According to Russian Defense Ministry sources cited by its state media, the “goodwill gesture” to close down the facility in 2001 has not been appreciated by the United States. Thus, Russia now seeks to reopen and strengthen the facility.

Editor’s Note: Russian translation courtesy of Google. Corrections are welcome.

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