CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Jan. 8, 2010: The State Department has denied that an American contractor arrested last month in Cuba is a spy for the United States.
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, P.J. Crowley, flatly denied the Cuban claim a day after veteran Cuban politician Ricardo Alarcon said the unnamed man arrested December 4 worked for U.S. spy agencies.
Crowley told reporters Thursday that Alarcon`s depiction of the man was part of a Cuban `history of mischaracterizing` U.S. activities and that the man is `not associated` with U.S. intelligence.
The State Department also declined to name the contractor but said he worked for a suburban Washington private firm, Development Alternatives.
`The individual in question was there and was part of a process whereby we continue to encourage and help facilitate Cuban citizens being able to do what citizens in most other parts of the world get to do: connect with the Internet, be able to communicate, be able to offer and express their views on a variety of subjects,` said Crowley.
His comments and the Cuban claim comes as Cuba continues to protest its inclusion by the U.S. on a terror list of countries.