The Obama Administration refuses to deny they sold a Hellfire Missile to the Cuban government.
According to The Wall Street Journal, a Hellfire Missile was sold to Cuba in 2014 – and we haven’t asked for it back.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 8, 2016
The missile was apparently inert and used for training purposes, but when asked about it by a reporter, the State Department refused to “confirm or deny” the sale. The Wall Street Journal reports this is a “loss of sensitive military technology that ranks among the worst-known incidents of its kind.”
“I am restricted, under federal law and regulations, from commenting on the specific defense trade, licensing cases and compliance matters,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said during a press conference Friday. “What I can say is under the Arms Export Control Act, the State Department licenses both permanent and temporary exports by U.S. companies of regulated defense articles.”
Kirby continued to say he wouldn’t “comment further,” but the reporters got irritated.
“You’re not suggesting that you actually sold this to the Cubans?” one reporter asked Kirby. ”I don’t understand why you can’t say, ‘No, we didn’t sell this to the Cubans, it got there by accident by mistake.’”
“You want to leave open the possibility that our government sold or gave a hellfire missile, intentionally, to the government of Cuba?” the reporter continued, seemingly agitated.
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The missile may have been inert, but that doesn’t keep Cuba from using or selling the technology they can obtain from the weapon to sell to anyone they please.
After 50 years, the Obama Administration restored diplomatic ties with the Communist enclave in July.
H/T: The Blaze
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