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Report: Cuban Spy Documents Target Miami Airport Security

airport security placards pepper the landscape at the airport
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By    |   Wednesday, 05 June 2019 07:18 PM

Cuba's intelligence services infiltrated Miami International Airport, obtaining sensitive information from sources apparently working on the inside, copies of classified Cuban government documents published by the Spanish-language news site CiberCuba show.

CiberCuba is operated from Spain by Cuban exiles.

The revelation reveals the continuing efforts of the Communist nation's espionage program, reported QZ.com, which used the English translation of the CiberCuba report.

All of the documents are written on Cuban Ministry of the Interior  letterhead, from the "Dirección de Contrainteligencia," QZ.com reported. One of them, dated January 2017, includes detailed information it claims grants access to restricted areas of MIA.

"Mérito al Gordo," it concludes, crediting someone nicknamed "the Fat Man" for the information, QZ.com reported.

Another document includes a copy of an aircraft mechanic's official ID card, issued by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. It contains a note at the bottom to forward the image to Cuban Ministry of the Interior's Department of Information and Communication Technology "for analysis and study of the holographic seal," QZ.com reported.

A third details several attachments to a document, or set of them, including apparent diagrams and schematics of the Boeing 767-200's hydraulic systems and fuel tanks, as well as aircraft logs used for maintenance, QZ.com reported.

The Miami Herald reported Miami-Dade County aviation director Lester Sola refuted the report, saying airport security has not been compromised.

He added, based on his review, the leaked documents contained multiple errors and inconsistencies, QZ.com reported.

Enrique García Diaz, an ex-Cuban spy who lives in the United States, told CiberCuba that MIA is of interest to Cuban spymasters "because it is a crucial hub for transporting people and goods. All of the information surrounding MIA, as insignificant as it may seem, is of interest to Cuba," QZ.com reported.

In an interview with Quartz, García said he recruited sources from all corners of society — including politicians, high-ranking government officials, academics, and members of the clergy.

Before García defected, he says the the Cuban intelligence services had recruited a U.S. senator and maintained what one colleague referred to as "our spy nest in the U.S. Congress."

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Copies of classified Cuban government documents published by the Spanish-language news site CiberCuba show Cuba's intelligence services infiltrated Miami International Airport, obtaining sensitive information from sources apparently working on the inside.
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