Another Cuban 5 Spy Getting Release From US Prison
MIAMI February 27, 2014 (AP)
By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer
A second member of the "Cuban Five" spy ring is getting his release from
a U.S. prison after spending more than 15 years behind bars.
Bureau of Prisons records show 50-year-old Fernando Gonzalez — known to
U.S. authorities by his alias, Ruben Campa — will complete his sentence
Thursday at a prison in Safford, Ariz.
Gonzalez will be turned over to immigration officials and deported to
Cuba as soon as possible, said Michelle Alvarez, spokeswoman for the
Miami U.S. Attorney's Office.
The five men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001
in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as
foreign agents in the U.S. They were known as part of the "Wasp Network"
sent by Cuba's then-President Fidel Castro to spy in South Florida.
Trial testimony showed they sought to infiltrate military bases,
including the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command and
installations in the Florida Keys. They also kept tabs on Cuban exiles
opposed to the communist government in Havana and sought to place
operatives inside campaigns of U.S. politicians opposed to that
government, prosecutors said.
Havana maintains the agents posed no threat to U.S. sovereignty and were
only monitoring militant exiles to prevent terrorist attacks in Cuba,
the best known of which was a series of bombings of Havana hotels that
killed an Italian tourist in 1997.
Gonzalez was originally sentenced to 19 years but had his prison term
reduced after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said he was wrongly
labeled a supervisor of other spies for certain activities. Two others
also had their prison sentences reduced by that same court order,
including 55-year-old Antonio Guerrero, who is set for release in
Rene Gonzalez, who is not related to Fernando Gonzalez, finished his
prison sentence in 2011 but spent more than a year on probation in the
U.S. until a judge allowed him to return to Cuba. Rene Gonzalez, a
Chicago native, had dual U.S.-Cuban citizenship, and he renounced his
U.S. citizenship after returning to Havana.
One of the five, Gerardo Hernandez, is serving a life prison sentence
for murder conspiracy for his role in the 1996 killings of four
"Brothers to the Rescue" pilots whose planes were shot down by Cuban
fighter jets. The organization dropped pro-democracy leaflets over Cuba
and assisted Cuban migrants trying to reach the U.S.
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