HAVANA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Cuba accused the United States Friday of using its representative office in Havana to undermine the country's socialist government, the state media reported.
A statement of Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry called it "illegal" for the U.S. Interest Section (USINT) to provide services such as "advising, instructing, training, financing and supplying their mercenaries in Cuba with diverse materials and technologies," since it hasn't got any permission from the Cuban government.
The ministry also accused the U.S. institute of trying to incite people to "answer to U.S. government interests against Cuba in exchange for substantial monetary compensation" and "to take provocative action."
"There is irrefutable proof that the USINT's illegal activities are financed with U.S. government funds," the ministry added.
Cuba demands the U.S. stop its attempts to overthrow the Cuban government, vowing to "use all the legal means within its reach to defend its sovereignty."
In response, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland admitted in Washington that the USINT "does regularly offer free courses in using the Internet to Cubans who want to sign up," but said "this wouldn't be necessary if the Cuban government didn't restrict access to the Internet and prevent its own citizens from getting technology training."
Access to the Internet on the island is highly restricted and only available to official institutions and certain professionals, such as doctors and some journalists.
Havana has always blamed that on the U.S.-imposed economic blockade since 1962, which has forced the country to access the web via satellite, a much slower and more expensive means than cable.