Another Cuban diplomat in Mexico has defected to U.S.

Michel Rojas and Yusimililis Casañas Casneiro defected to the U.S.

A Cuban diplomat who defected with her husband in Mexico last month has told relatives in Cuba they are in the United States, an uncle said Friday, adding that she was likely being debriefed by U.S. intelligence agents.

Yusimil Casañas had worked in the personal office of former Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, ousted last year along with former Vice President Carlos Lage and others in a purge that some Cuba analysts perceived as a sign of instability within in the island’s ruling class.

Casañas, 25, who was assigned to the passport section of the Cuban embassy in Mexico City, and her husband, Michel Rojas, 32, disappeared March 17 and were not heard from until Thursday, said Esteban Casañas Lostal, an uncle who lives in Canada.

Casañas called her mother in Cuba on Thursday and reported that she and Rojas were “safe in the United States” but that she could not reveal exactly where they were, Casañas Lostal told El Nuevo Herald.

A Rojas cousin in Miami, Jose Carrasco, told El Nuevo Herald the husband also called his mother, father and a cousin in Cuba on Thursday to report they were safe in the United States, but also gave no specific location.

“It’s very likely that they are in the process of being investigated” by U.S. intelligence, said Casañas Lostal, who noted that his niece’s knowledge of Perez Roque’s diplomatic and personal activities could be valuable to the U.S. government.

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~ by Rafael Martel on April 11, 2010.

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