Bizarre Cuba Spy Drama Continues

By Circles Robinson

RENE GONZALEZ. Photo: Bill Hackwell

HAVANA TIMES, Mar 12 — Rene Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five, was released on probation last October after serving 13 years in prison.

In what would have seemed like an end to his personal drama, Gonzalez asked the court to allow him to return to his wife and family in Cuba, instead of spending three years under supervision in the US.

The Justice Dept. expressed concern about Gonzalez attempting to gather information on the same violence-prone Miami-based exile organizations that were the target of the Cuban Five’s undercover effort before their arrest in 1998.

But that all seemed tongue in cheek…

If you are really afraid that this guy with the blown cover might uncover more potential crimes against his country by these groups that operate with support from Washington, then it makes total sense to send him home to Cuba and save on the supervision costs. Good riddance!

However, no, the same judge that sentenced him and the other four Cubans over a decade ago ruled that he must stay in the USA, where in fact Gonzalez is in danger of retaliation from the hard-line exiles.

That done and said a new element recently entered into the case. Gonzalez’s brother Roberto is gravely ill with lung cancer in Havana.

On February 24th Rene’s attorney Phil Horowitz requested the Federal Court grant Rene two weeks to visit his brother in Havana. Appeals to grant this request have been made all the way up to President Obama.

On Monday the US Justice Department opposed the request fearing he might get new instructions from Cuban intelligence officials on spying on the exiles in Florida, noted the Miami Herald.

And just in case the court was to decide favorably on Gonzalez’ emergency request on humanitarian grounds, Carolyn Heck Miller, the orginal prosecuting attorney in the Cuban Five case, asked that a set of bizarre conditions be abided by.

Have a read for yourself and make your comments.

The following are Rene Gonzalez’ motion (pdf) and the U.S. government response (pdf)


10 thoughts on “Bizarre Cuba Spy Drama Continues

  • March 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Questioning of Human Rights in Cuba? Why not start with the violations of human rights in the US and the atrocities its government creates on people abroad?

  • March 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    First and foremost, although he was convicted, he was done so on a very flimsy argument.
    When it comes to ‘terror’ crimes, anything goes in the US.
    Open your eyes and have a look at the way the US gov’t operates on a daily basis at home and abroad.
    The US government’s stance on Cuba is archaic to say the least. This decision proves this once more.

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