lunes, 27 de febrero de 2012

Cuban spy wants temporary return home

Posted on Monday, 02.27.12

Cuban spy wants temporary return home
The Associated Press

MIAMI -- A convicted Cuban spy still serving probation in the U.S. wants
to return home temporarily to visit a critically ill brother.

Rene Gonzalez is asking a Miami federal judge to allow him a two-week
visit to Cuba. Gonzalez's attorney says in court papers that his
53-year-old brother is in the final stages of lung cancer.

The attorney also says Gonzalez has fully complied with his probation
since his release from U.S. prison five months ago.

Gonzalez is one of the so-called "Cuban Five" convicted of spying on
Cuban exiles in South Florida and attempting to infiltrate military
installations and political campaigns. One of the five also was
convicted of murder conspiracy for the 1996 shootdown of "Brothers to
the Rescue" planes.

Gonzalez hopes to eventually return permanently to Cuba.

jueves, 23 de febrero de 2012

Abogado de espía liberado en EEUU, preocupado porque su representado no tiene seguro médico

Espías Cubanos, Red Avispa

Abogado de espía liberado en EEUU, preocupado porque su representado no
tiene seguro médico

Al referirse al estado físico de su defendido, René González, Horowitz
indicó que su defendido "quería regresar para correr en el Maratón de La

Redacción CE, Madrid | 23/02/2012

Phill Horowitz, el abogado estadounidense del espía René González,
expresó sus temores por la seguridad y la salud de su representado,
quien se encuentra en Estados Unidos en libertad supervisada desde el
pasado 7 de octubre, informaron este miércoles medios de prensa de la Isla.

El letrado aseguró, en entrevista divulgada este miércoles en el
programa Mesa Redonda Informativa, que ha solicitado el regreso de
González a Cuba porque al no contar con seguro médico, tendría que pagar
de su bolsillo la atención sanitaria, de manera que le resultaría
difícil recibir un servicio médico adecuado en Estados Unidos.

El jurista, que se reúne con frecuencia con el espía cubano, comentó
durante la entrevista que no revela el paradero de González "para
protegerlo ante el peligro que corre desde su liberación en régimen
supervisado", añade la información de los medios oficialistas.

Horowitz indicó, sobre la solicitud de retorno de González a la Isla,
que "no existe un calendario para hacerlo, pues depende absolutamente
del juez".

No obstante, se mostró optimista respecto a los buenos resultados de
esta moción, pues supone que se tenga en cuenta el buen comportamiento
de su representado.

El abogado manifestó que si bien "los 13 años de prisión fueron
realmente malos" para González, "los cuatro meses separado de su esposa,
hijas, familia y patria es insultante", debido a que el ex recluso no ha
podido cumplir con lo que cualquier otro en libertad supervisada en
Estados Unidos puede hacer: dormir en su cama y compartir con su familia.

Añadió que ignora qué decidirá la jueza encargada del caso.

De acuerdo con la información y respecto al estado físico de su
defendido, Horowitz indicó que "quería regresar para correr en el
Maratón de La Habana", explicando que corría en la cárcel y lo continúa

sábado, 18 de febrero de 2012

False Paradigms / Fernando Dámaso

False Paradigms / Fernando Dámaso
Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated

Print encountered on a street in Havana.*

The five spies serving sentences in the United States, four in prisons
and one on parole (for two years he can't leave the country), together
with their families, have been converted, at least officially, as a
result of a massive media campaign, into paradigms of the politically
correct citizen.

When one speaks of courage and sacrifice, they constitute the supreme
examples. On Father's Day, they are proclaimed fathers par excellence.
On Mother's Day, their offspring emulate Mariana Grajales, Maceo's
mother. And on Valentine's Day (here the "Day of Love and Friendship"),
they and their partners rival Romeo and Juliet or Tristan and Isolde. A
real soup of sentiment! To see for yourself, just follow the propaganda
— written, on the radio, and on TV.

A neighbor of mine — one of those few who still believe unconditionally
in "the model", who perform surveillance duty for and attend the
meetings of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution,
unconditional model, participate in the Delegate Accountability meetings
of their district, and even vote in the so-called elections — told me
the other day, "It seems to me that The Five, instead of being in
prison, are enjoying holidays with pay in the United States, paid for by
U.S. taxpayers. In addition, their family members travel at our expense,
and even receive a few dollars to stock up on odds and ends."

At first I was shocked and didn't know how to answer. Was he being
serious, or provoking me? When I realized it was the former, I totally
agreed with him.

These characters live better and eat better than most Cubans, play chess
with the children here, enjoy Internet and telephone communication,
offer interviews to be broadcast and published, are visited by Hollywood
stars and other personalities, develop their artistic skills, publish
books of poetry and put on art exhibitions and, perhaps, one of them
might even be writing a book, sure to win the Casa de las Americas
Prize. In addition, they enjoy first world medical care and receive
regular visits from their families (for those who don't receive visas to
do so, it is because they were deported for espionage activities). As
you can see, my neighbor is not very confused in his judgment.

Anyone who knows anything about publicity knows that a campaign, when it
reaches the degree of saturation, should be discontinued as it may
obtain results diametrically opposed to those expected: people begin to
reject what is offered so insistently, as a mechanism self-defense.

And so it has happened with The Five: Cubans, weary of such absurd and
cloying propaganda, they get the joke. As usual, the authorities have
gone too far, without observing the effect. Again, Maximo Gomez proves
to be absolutely right when he said, "Cubans: either they go too far or
they fall short." The most common is that we fall short.

February 17 2012

Tag: CDR

martes, 14 de febrero de 2012

Cuba and its Ongoing Engagement in Espionage in the Americas

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cuba and its Ongoing Engagement in Espionage in the Americas
By Jerry Brewer

Despite many pro-Cuba chants for economic aid and the lifting of the 50
year old Cuban Embargo placed via President John F. Kennedy's
Proclamation 3447, there appears to be no shortage of funding by Cuba
for that nation's energetic spy apparatchik.

The original U.S. Cuba manifesto, in 1962, expressed the necessity for
the embargo until such time that Cuba would demonstrate respect for
human rights and liberty. And today, there certainly cannot be much of
an argument that the continuing Castro regime has complied with any
aspect of that mandate. In fact, Castro's revolution has arrogantly
continued to force horrific sacrifices on Cubans in their homeland, as
well as the suffering by those that fled the murdering regime over the
decades and left families behind.

Neither of the Castro brothers ever, even remotely, disguised their
venomous hatred for the U.S., democracy, or the U.S. way of life - even
prior to the embargo. Their anti-U.S. rhetoric echoes loudly throughout
the world. And they continue to extol radical leftist and communist

As simply partial evidence of continuing human rights abuses, and as
recent as last month, the independent Cuban Commission for Human Rights
and National Reconciliation said that the government was "using
temporary detentions to disrupt events organized by the opposition." The
Cuban regime made "brief arrests of 631 opponents in January" alone.

Cuba's security officials also continue to deny the holding of political
prisoners, while saying that "Cuban dissidents are tools of the United

Do not underestimate Cuba's vast intelligence and espionage network.
Their security and intelligence apparatus are on a scale perceived to be
"many times larger than that of the United States." And even with
Cuba's poverty, depressed economic situation and weak prognosis for
future windfalls, their clandestine operational acts continue and extend
throughout the Americas and the world.

The Cuban espionage budget is not generally known outside of most major
competent intelligence services globally. However, much of their modus
operandi is. Essentially the DI (Dirección de Inteligencia) never had
to be reinvented, other than by moniker, from the former DGI (Dirección
General de Inteligencia) with original training by the former Soviet KGB.

Cuba maintains one of its largest intelligence networks within
Venezuela, with President Hugo Chavez preferring direct access to the
service, as indicated by cables unscrupulously released and sent from
the U.S. Embassy in Caracas to the State Department. This cozy
relationship, between Cuba and Venezuela, reeks of potential massive
funding hidden by obscure secret decrees.

Cuba's intelligence network has long been focused on the U.S. as its
primary adversary. As the U.S. is perceived to be the number one threat
to the Castro and Chavez regimes, intelligence acquisition is a high
priority to the dictatorial-like leftist regimes throughout Latin
America. It seems as though every calamity from weather, cancer or
related maladies are blamed on the U.S. and the CIA.

Hugo Chavez has used this hysteria of convenience in his attempt to
justify to a savvy Venezuelan people the need for the massive purchasing
of military armaments, and to amass Cuban intelligence experts on
Venezuelan soil thought to be in excess of 3,000 people.

Chavez has been accused by neighboring nation's officials of spreading
instability within the region. In a memo released from the U.S. Embassy
in Brasilia, in February 2008, Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim
"all but acknowledged the presence of the FARC guerrillas in Venezuela."
Other released U.S. intelligence documents also cited "leftist rebels in
Cuba belonging to the FARC."

Using diplomatic cover to disguise intelligence operational acts in
Panama, Peru, Mexico City, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and other Central
American areas, Cuba has historically spread insurgence. Operatives
supervised the airlift of an estimated 30 planeloads of Cuban arms to
Nicaragua's Sandinistas during their revolution in 1978-79.

Former Cuban official Pedro Riera Escalante, who was summarily deported
by Mexico and who served undercover as a Cuban consul in Mexico City
from 1986 through 1991, has described Cuban espionage operations against
the CIA station in Mexico City and other operations he ran in Europe and

Cuba has reluctantly acknowledged that in the case of the infamous Cuban
Five spies, from 1998, that the five men were intelligence agents, but
says "they were spying on Miami's Cuban exile community, not the U.S.

In the case of Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes (a former senior analyst at
the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency), she was arrested on September 21,
2001, pleaded guilty to spying, and was eventually sentenced to a
25-year prison term.

Cuba continues to maintain a large intelligence-gathering hub in Mexico

With Castro and Chavez's close relationship to Iran, and the history of
hostile Cuban espionage throughout the hemisphere, it is important not
to assume that "poverty-driven" Cuba is sleeping.


Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal Justice International Associates, a
global threat mitigation firm headquartered in northern Virginia. His
website is located at

jueves, 9 de febrero de 2012

El abogado de los cinco espías insistirá en la teoría de los 'periodistas pagados'


El abogado de los cinco espías insistirá en la teoría de los
'periodistas pagados'
La Habana 08-02-2012 - 1:11 am.

Thomas Goldstein dice que apelará el 15 de febrero ante la jueza de

El abogado de los cinco espías que cumplen largas sentencias en Estados
Unidos informó este miércoles que prepara un último recurso de apelación.

Thomas Goldstein argumentó que "uno de los hombres fue mal asesorado y
que el jurado de los cinco casos tenía prejuicios, debido a que el
gobierno estadounidense pagó a varios periodistas que cubrían el
juicio", informó AP.

Goldstein dijo que apelará el 15 de febrero ante la jueza de Distrito
Joan Lenard, que puede decidir si ratifica las sentencias, acepta
escuchar los argumentos u ordena que se realice una audiencia probatoria.

Cuatro de los acusados se encuentran en prisión desde 1998. El quinto,
René González, fue liberado el año pasado luego de pasar 13 años
encarcelado, pero se le ha ordenado permanecer en territorio
estadounidense mientras cumple su libertad condicional.

El abogado de González, Phil Horowitz, dijo que en breve también apelará
la decisión de libertad condicional. Agregó que González, un
cubanoestadounidense de 55 años, trabaja como conserje en una residencia
cuya ubicación no revelará por la seguridad de su cliente.

Los abogados fueron entrevistados por The Associated Press en una zona
de acceso restringido de La Habana, destinada para actividades del
gobierno y para visitas de dignatarios extranjeros.

Goldstein dijo que alegará que los consejos inadecuados de quien
entonces fungió como abogado de la defensa derivaron en una condena por
asesinato y cadena perpetua para uno de los agentes, Gerardo Hernández,
y que todos los casos se vieron "prejuiciados por un programa del
gobierno de Estados Unidos que pagó miles de dólares a periodistas clave
mientras el juicio estaba en curso, un hecho que salió a la luz tiempo

miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2012

Lawyer for Cuban agents vows last-ditch appeal

Posted on Wednesday, 02.08.12

Lawyer for Cuban agents vows last-ditch appeal
Associated Press

HAVANA -- A lawyer for five Cuban agents sentenced to long jail terms
for spying in the United States said Wednesday he is preparing a
last-ditch appeal, arguing that one of the men received bad counsel and
that the jury for all five was prejudiced because the U.S. paid several
journalists who covered the trial.

Thomas Goldstein said he would submit the appeal on Feb. 15 before U.S.
District Judge Joan Lenard, who can either rule on the matter, ask to
hear arguments or order a full evidentiary hearing. Four of the men have
been jailed since 1998. The fifth, Rene Gonzalez, was released last year
after 13 years in jail, but has been ordered to remain in the United
States while he serves out his probation.

Gonzalez's lawyer, Phil Horowitz, said he would also appeal that
probation decision shortly. He said the 55-year-old dual Cuban-American
citizen is working as a caretaker at a private home, but would not
reveal the location out of concern for his client's security.

The lawyers were interviewed by The Associated Press in a restricted
area of Havana limited to government activities and hosting visiting
foreign dignitaries.

While the agents' case is largely forgotten in the United States, it
remains a cause celebre in Cuba, where the government hails the "Cuban
Five" as heroes who were only trying to detect and prevent violent
attacks against their country by exile groups. Cuban state-run media
publish near daily accounts of solidarity from around the world, and
images of the men stare down from billboards along rutted country roads.

Goldstein said he will argue that inadequate counsel from his lawyer
resulted in a murder conviction and life sentence for one of the agents,
Gerardo Hernandez, and he said all of their cases were prejudiced by a
U.S. government program that was paying thousands of dollars to key
journalists while the high-profile trial was going on, a fact that only
came out later.

The journalists were paid for appearances on U.S. government radio and
TV broadcasts beamed to Cuba, and they also continued to produce stories
for independent media outlets.

Advocates for the five also say the trial court was wrong to reject
their request for a change of venue from South Florida, which is home to
a large Cuban exile community.

"I don't think anyone can deny that it is a serious issue when you try
supposed Cuban agents in a Miami court ... and that it obviously is
going to be a very political, very fraught trial," Goldstein said. "On
top of that, to learn that the media is being paid by the U.S.
government, we think raises a serious issue."

Goldstein, a Washington-based Supreme Court litigator, said he would
take the case all the way to America's highest court if necessary, and
that if the appeal fails, it will mean "the end of the road" for the
legal process in the case. After that, he said, the only hope would be a
political solution.

That is the same situation facing Maryland native Alan Gross, who was
arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in jail after being caught
bringing satellite phones and other equipment into Cuba illegally while
on a USAID-funded democracy program. His appeal to Cuba's top court was
denied last year, so Gross's only chance at release rests on a
humanitarian pardon by Cuban President Raul Castro or some form of
prisoner exchange.

Cuba has stopped short of linking the cases, but senior officials have
said no one should expect the island to free the 62-year-old American in
a "unilateral gesture."

Goldstein rejected any attempt to compare the cases legally, but that
the symmetry of the two cases presented a political opportunity. He
stressed, however, that he was a private lawyer and not privy to the
thinking of the Cuban government on Gross.

"Alan Gross is entitled absolutely to individual justice," he said. "I
would never encourage anyone to link what happens to him to what happens
to my clients. You can't hold someone literally hostage," he said. "But
it strikes me that to the extent that there are political solutions to
both sets of cases, then there could end up being linkage ... on the
political front."

Goldstein said the politically charged atmosphere in the lead-up to the
U.S. election in November complicated any efforts to find common ground,
particularly given the importance of Florida in presidential politics
and strong feelings about the agents' case among many Cuban-Americans.

But he said he hoped President Barack Obama would ultimately see that
freeing the men was good politics, and something that would likely lead
to reciprocal gestures from Havana.

"If the president of the United States were to release the Five and
nothing else happens, then it kind of falls like a dud," he said. "If,
on the other hand, Cuba releases Alan Gross, the president releases the
Five, the Cuban government, whatever ... it would allow the Cuban
government to do a number of things."

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