Cuba cuts power to U.S. mission

June 13, 2006

Miami Herald- Frances Robles and Pablo Bachelet

WASHINGTON - Cuba has cut off electricity to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, a dramatic escalation of a campaign of harassment of American diplomats that allegedly includes poisoning a family pet and shutting off water.

U.S. officials also confirmed Monday that the U.S. Interests Section has been destroying nonessential documents, but said that was routine at U.S. embassies when power supplies become uncertain.

The measures underlined the sharp tensions between the Bush administration and Cuba's communist government, but U.S. officials gave no indication whether they would retaliate against the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. The Cuban mission could not be reached for comment.

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