A U.S. State Department spokesman hinted as much, according to an AFP story published on the La Nueva Cuba website:
“I would say that the Cuban government has always been very good at stirring the nest whenever they felt the need to,” said Gonzo Gallegos, a State Department spokesman.
“I can’t say whether or not this is them or something else that is happening,” he said when commenting on talk among Cuban exiles and echoed by foreign news outlets, especially in Florida, that the ailing Castro, 81, had died.
When asked by reporters whether he was suggesting that Havana was circulating rumours that Castro was dead, Gonzo replied, “All I was saying was that the Cuban government takes the opportunity when it sees fit to take care of itself.”
In fairness, Gallegos later said “I don’t have any reason to believe he is dead.” But I wouldn’t put ANYTHING past Castro’s commie government. ANYTHING.