White House Reverses Course, Confirms Existence Of Chinese Spy Base In Cuba

While the Biden administration previously denied that a Chinese surveillance base was operating in Cuba, a White House official has now confirmed the base’s existence.

An anonymous White House official has revealed that communist China has been operating a spy base in Cuba, just 90 miles south of Florida, since at least 2019 as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) efforts to ramp up their spying efforts.

According to the anonymous official, the issue has been “ongoing” since before President Joe Biden took office — and the intelligence community has been aware of China’s spying from Cuba for some time, despite denying it publically.

The official further noted that the intelligence community has described the CCP’s Cuba-based surveillance effort as an “ongoing matter” that is “not a new development.”

However, the anonymous White House official did claim that the Biden administration has been working to stop China’s attempts to expand their spying operations — expressing a belief that the administration has made some progress on the matter through diplomacy and other actions.

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal confirmed the existence of the spy base in Cuba — noting that China and Cuba had reached an agreement to build an electronic eavesdropping station on the island. China reportedly planned to pay billions of dollars to Cuba for the agreement.

After the outlet broke the story, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby claimed the report was inaccurate.

“I’ve seen that press report, it’s not accurate,” Kirby claimed during a Thursday interview with MSNBC. “What I can tell you is that we have been concerned since day one of this administration about China’s influence activities around the world; certainly in this hemisphere and in this region, we’re watching this very, very closely.”

Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossío also claimed that the report was false, arguing in a Saturday post on Twitter that it was “slanderous speculation.”

“The slanderous speculation continues, evidently promoted by certain media to cause harm and alarm without observing minimum patterns of communication and without providing data or evidence to support what they disseminate,” de Cossío wrote.

The revelations from the anonymous White House official contradict these claims — especially as the official asserted that Biden’s national security team had been briefed about the existence of the spy base in Cuba during a larger discussion about China’s spying efforts soon after Biden took office in January 2021.

Amid these revelations, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is still scheduled to travel to China on June 18 for planned meetings with senior Chinese officials.