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Feds: Love of Cuba drove two spies who face prison

Feds: Love of Cuba drove two spies who face prison

Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers were the kind of spies any intelligence service would want. They did it for love of country, not for money.
According to federal prosecutors, the two stole U.S. secrets and gave them to Cuba for nearly 30 years because of a shared communist ideology and an admiration of the Cuban revolution.
Now, Kendall Myers, a retired State Department worker, faces life in prison and his wife faces at least six years behind bars, the outcome of a plea deal driven by the U.S. government's need to find out all of the secrets the two passed to Cuba.
Pursuing the same criminal charges through a contested trial risked further significant harm to national security, prosecutors said. The U.S. government has not revealed what secrets the couple took.
Myers was contacted by the Cuban intelligence service to be a covert agent, and he recruited Gwendolyn in 1979, prosecutors said. The couple were married three years later. He was Agent 202, his wife Agent E-634.
In 1978, Myers began teaching at the Foreign Service Institute within the State Department and eventually served as Director of European Studies. He retired in 2007.
An FBI sting brought the couple down.
A bureau operative approached Myers on the street on the defendant's birthday, April 15, gave him a cigar, said he knew his Cuban handler and asked that they meet later, according to court papers in the case. The Myerses met three times with the operative at Washington hotels, caught on videotape making incriminating statements.
Prosecutors want Myers to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and Gwendolyn Myers to the top of her plea agreement's sentencing range, 7{ years.
The Myerses have six children and seven grandchildren and they requested prisons that are near each other to make family visits possible.
Kendall Myers has taught English to non-English-speaking prisoners and has helped illiterate inmates learn to read, according to court papers filed in the case.


Updated : 2021-01-19 17:38 GMT+08:00