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US was major backer of blocked dissident website: Cuba

Published on May 25, 2014 2:10 AM

HAVANA (AFP) - Cuba on Saturday accused Washington of being a major sponsor of an opposition newspaper whose online debut it blocked earlier this week.

The state-run Granma newspaper, in the first official government reaction to the "14yMedio" online daily launched by dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, said the publication was "counter-revolutionary" and got up and running thanks to substantial US backing.

"The US government lent its full support to counter-revolutionary blogger Yoani Sanchez," the Cuban daily wrote, adding that Havana "will never tolerate any kind of subversive activity."

Sanchez launched her news website early Wednesday but three hours later it was blocked in Cuba, in what the US State Department called a restriction of Cubans' "freedom of expression and of the press."

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