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Costa Rica vows to investigate undercover US programmes against Cuba

US bids to disrupt socialist Cuba come under fire from Costa Rica

The Costa Rican government vowed on Friday to investigate undercover US programmes operated from its territory and using its citizens against the government of Cuba.

Director of Intelligence and Security Mariano Figueres said the new administration, which took office on May 8, has found no records from its predecessors about the spy project and was so far relying on press reports.

The US Agency for International Development (USAid) project sent young Venezuelans, Costa Ricans and Peruvians to Cuba to stir up opposition to the island's government in 2009.

USAid and contractor Creative Associates International used the cover of health and civic programmes operating out of Costa Rica to provoke political change in Cuba.

"If we can confirm this, of course we're not going to agree our territory is used to attack a friendly government, regardless of what ideological side you're on," Mr Figueres said.

"It's a matter of sovereignty and respect.

"We're very alarmed they used Costa Rican citizens and put them at risk."

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