HAVANA TIMES, Nov. 21 – A former official of the U.S. Department of State and his wife pleaded guilty to having carried out espionage for the Cuban government since the 1980s until 2007, U.S. homeland security attorney general David Kris announced in a communiqué. Kendall Myers, 72 was sentenced to life imprisonment while his wife Gwendolyn, 71, will serve seven years in prison, reported IPS.
“For the past 30 years, this couple betrayed America’s trust by covertly providing classified national defense information to the Cuban goverment,” said Kris.
The US has maintained an economic blockade on Cuba for nearly a half century as well as a travel ban that prohibits ordinary US citizens from visiting the island. Both the blockade and the travel ban are considered by detractors as a lingering Cold War holdover.
Hardliner exiles in Miami favor the status quo in their endless attempt to bring down the Cuban government. They say that allowing US citizens to visit Cuba would help the Castro government.