Former Cuban Spy To Be Released

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MARIANNA, FL -- One of five men convicted of spying for Cuba's communist government is getting out of a north Florida federal prison after 13 years behind bars.

Rene Gonzalez is set to be released Friday from prison in Marianna. The 55-year-old Gonzalez still must serve three years' probation in the U.S. unless a judge allows him to return to Cuba.

His attorney says Gonzalez wants to remain out of the limelight at an undisclosed location.

Gonzalez and the other four Cubans were convicted in 2001 of being part of a spy ring known as the "Wasp Network." It sought to infiltrate South Florida U.S. military installations, Cuban exile groups and anti-Castro politicians and report back to Cuba.

The Castro government hails the men as heroes who tried to prevent attacks against Cuba.

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