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U.K. P.M. Gordon Brown Asked Hillary Clinton to Grant Visas to Olga and Adriana
U.S. Embassy Advice: "No USG action required"
Feb. 4, 2011
Reprinted from The Telegraph
Hillary Clinton and Gordon Brown
(C/NF) PM BROWN'S CALL TO SECRETARY CLINTON REGARDING "CUBAN FIVE"
Passed to the Telegraph by WikiLeaks 9:03PM GMT 04 Feb 2011
Ref ID: 10LONDON242
Date: 2/2/2010 16:48
Origin: Embassy London
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C O N F I D E N T I A L LONDON 000242 NOFORN SIPDIS STATE FOR S - J. SULLIVAN AND EUR - P. GORDON; NSC FOR E. SHERWOOD-RANDALL E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/02/2020 TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PINR, CU, UK SUBJECT: (C/NF) PM BROWN'S CALL TO SECRETARY CLINTON REGARDING "CUBAN FIVE" Classified By: Ambassador Louis Susman for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
1.(C/NF) Following the London Conference on Afghanistan, we understand Prime Minister Brown raised with Secretary Clinton the question of visas for two wives of members of the "Cuban Five," a group of agents of Cuba's foreign intelligence service who were convicted of espionage in 2001 and are currently serving sentences in U.S. federal penitentiaries. Brown requested that the wives (who have previously been refused visas to visit the U.S.) be granted visas so that they could visit their husbands in prison.
2.(C/NF) Our subsequent queries to Number 10 indicate that Brown made this request as a result of a commitment that he had made to UK trade unionists, who form part of the Labour Party's core constituency. Now that the request has been made, Brown does not intend to pursue this matter further. There is no USG action required. Visit London's Classified Website: XXXXXXXXXXXX ed_Kingdom SUSMAN