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Saturday September 22, 2012

Cuban Editor of Communist Newspaper Defects to U.S.

Cuban Editor of Communist Newspaper Defects to U.S.

Photo: Mairelys Cuevas Gomez

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An editor of Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma has left the island and applied for political asylum in the United States, the Cafe Fuerte blog said Friday.

Mairelys Cuevas Gomez, 27, arrived in Miami last Sunday after crossing into the United States from Mexico, where she traveled with permission from the Cuban government to take part in an event, according to Cafe Fuerte.

Cuevas declined to make any statements to Cafe Fuerte, a Spanish-language blog that largely reflects concerns of Miami’s large Cuban exile community.

The blog did cite comments from one of Cuevas’ erstwhile colleagues in Cuba, who said her defection sparked a “scandal” in Havana.

A Miami-based friend of Cuevas living in Miami said the journalist was in a romantic relationship with a young man living in the Florida city, Cafe Fuerte reported.