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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  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Oct 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    The US has bullied Cuba for 52 years and all the US has gained is the status as an international bully. Cuba has 11 million people and the US has 308 million people, 25 time as many. The US never imprisoned the real Cuban exile criminals Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada. Bosch is dead. Gonzalez was convicted in a kangaroo court in MIAMI in 2001 in the wake of the Elian Gonzalez hysteria. He was never a threat to the US and did no harm to the US.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    I see that he was already released. Good. He should be allowed to return to Cuba. I hope the other 4 are released soon.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2011 at 01:13 PM in reply to Gerry
      You should be sent to Cuba with them. These people are scum who commited acts of espionage against this great country. They should have been put to death. If you are on their side, then you are a traitor who doesn't deserve to live here. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!
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        by Steve Not in Marietta on Oct 8, 2011 at 02:53 AM in reply to
        Please be aware this person is like Paris Hilton, or Brittney Spears. 'Please, no cameras!' Seclusion? Anonymous there are events that we simply cannot control. We do, however deport criminals, and this is one of those that we can control. I don't care for this convict living in my country...After thirteen years, he's probably just another gangster with 41 tattoos that will be feeding from us like a big fat mosquito! We can deport him, and should. I would drop his sorry a** in Somalia, where he can learn a new language!
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Oct 7, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    I'm glad he's being released. I'd like to see him returned to Cuba. He was never a threat to the US. He did no harm to the US.
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