[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/08/cuba.travel/art.fidelsign.cnn.jpg caption="A State Department report says the Cuban government has purposely made life difficult for US diplomats in Havana."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Cuba purposely has made life difficult for U.S. diplomats serving in the U.S. Interest Section in Havana and has even poisoned family pets to hurt American morale, according to a State Department report released Friday.
The report dates back to 2007, but its release comes just days before the Obama administration is expected to ease some restrictions on Cuban-Americans sending money to Cuba and visiting family there.
And it is made public just days after a Congressional Black Caucus delegation returned from Cuba and provided glowing reports of how they were received by Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro.
The report was prepared by the State Department inspector general. It repeatedly mentions poor morale among U.S. diplomats serving in Cuba, saying the Cuban government "lets you know it's hostile."
Without full diplomatic relations with Cuba, and with a trade and travel embargo still in place, there is no U.S. Embassy. The Interests Section issues visas and performs other diplomatic services.
And the report says the apparent goal of Cuban authorities has been to provoke dissension within the ranks of American diplomats.
"Retaliations have ranged from the petty to the poisoning of family pets. The regime has recently gone to great lengths to harass some employees by holding up household goods and consumable shipments," the report said.
It says Cuban authorities created difficulties for U.S. personnel on a daily basis.
"The Cuban government has denied recent arrivals the right to import privately owned vehicles and held up the release of household effects and consumable shipments for months on end," the report said.
"Currently, no newcomer has a privately owned vehicle stranded in a container in Havana, but household effects and consumable shipments are languishing in containers awaiting customs clearance. Customs clearance has also lagged for some unaccompanied air freight shipments," the report said.