By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, Feb 26 — The leading Cuban government website, Cubadebate.cu, unleashed a front page attack on blogger Yoani Sanchez on Sunday with an article accusing her of working for the enemy (USA) for pay.
Originally published in the Mexican publication La Jornada, the commentary by Salim Lamrani accuses Sanchez of inflating her popularity on Twitter with numerous fictitious accounts.
The article also notes that Sanchez has received over 250,000 Euros in prize money for her blog Generation Y, which presents a highly acrid view of daily life in Cuba in 21 languages.
According to Lamrani, Sanchez documented contacts with the US Interests Section’s diplomats in Havana (wikileaks) is tacit proof of her betrayal of the Cuban government, which blames the Unites States and its half century blockade on Cuba for the majority of the island’s economic woes.
The republishing in Cubadebate is followed by a stream of over a hundred reader comments backing the attacks on Sanchez.
Sanchez says she has been under close surveillance for years by Cuban State Security agents but has never been charged with having committed any crime against the Cuban State.
It is uncertain whether Granma newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Cuban Communist Party and government, will carry the article by Lamrani on Monday. Granma does not have a Sunday print edition.