HAVANA TIMES, June 7 — A retired couple in their seventies, the man a former US State Dept. employee, were accused in a Federal Court this week of passing on secrets to Cuba for several decades.
The announcement came on the heels of Latin America and the Caribbean pushing through a resolution at the Organization of American States (OAS) that rescinded the hemispheric body’s suspension order on Cuba, in effect since 1962.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro reacted to the news on Saturday writing: “It’s truly strange” that if Walter Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn were under surveillance of the FBI “why weren’t they arrested earlier?”
Castro doubted that the couple, facing up to 35 years in prison, would get a fair trial. He said that if the accusations were true, “I would admire their brave and selfless conduct towards Cuba,” victim of countless terrorist attacks, assassination attempts and sabotage of its economy.
The convalescing leader turned newspaper columnist also noted that the case against the Myers developed after Obama took office and comes at a time “when Cuba and the US are making contact on important issues of mutual concern.”