Archive for July 16th, 2014

16/07/2014

'Russia to reopen Cuban mega-base to spy on America – report'

Human Wrongs Watch

By Russia Today* (RT), 16 July 2014 — Moscow and Havana have reportedly reached an agreement on reopening the SIGINT facility in Lourdes, Cuba – once Russia’s largest foreign base of this kind – which was shut down in 2001 due to financial problems and under US pressure.

Image reproduced from Russia Today (RT).

Source of image: Russia Today (RT).

When operational, the facility was manned by thousands of military and intelligence personnel, whose task was to intercept signals coming from and to the US territory and to provide communication for the Russian vessels in the western hemisphere.

Russia considered reopening the Lourdes base since 2004 and has sealed a deal with Cuba last week during the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to the island nation, reports Kommersant business daily citing multiple sources.

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