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Cuban Envoys Angered By Forbes Estimate Of Castro Wealth
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
MEXICO CITY (AP)--Most people would be flattered if Forbes magazine estimated their personal fortune at $550 million - but Cuban President Fidel Castro is not, apparently, one of them.
Cuba 's embassy in Mexico issued a stinging rebuke on Wednesday of the Forbes article without mentioning the magazine by name, calling it "a repugnant example of a campaign of lies" by "an American magazine of decaying credibility."
"It is a clumsy slander and a repugnant example of a campaign of lies perpetrated in the United States with the sole aim of justifying the criminal blockade of Cuba ," the embassy said in a press statement.
Embassy officials could not immediately explain why the statement was released in Mexico, rather than in Havana, the Cuban capital.
In a story published Tuesday about the fortunes of rulers and heads-of-state, Forbes estimated the communist leader's net worth at $550 million, but acknowledged "these estimates are more art than science."
March 16, 2005
Cortesia de Ricardo Calvo