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article imageRetired State Department Official sentenced to life for espionage

By Joan Firstenberg     Jul 17, 2010 in Crime
Washington - A man retired from the State Department will spend the rest of his days in prison for being a double-spy for Cuba. He told the court he did it because he firmly believed in the the Cuban revolution.
The ex-State Department employee, 73-year old Walter Kendall Myers, was accused of spying for Cuba for three decades because he was a staunch believer in the ideals of the Cuban revolution. The New York Times reports that the F.B.I. arrested Myers last year with his wife, 72-year old Gwendolyn, who worked at a bank. He was given life, but she got six and three-quarters years in prison.
At his trial, Myers told the judge that he and his wife were not motivated by money or because they were opposed to the United States.
“Our overriding objective was to help the Cuban people defend their revolution. We share the ideals and dreams of the Cuban revolution.”
But the judge was not pleased and told the couple that they had betrayed their country. He noted he was disturbed that neither person showed any remorse, but instead seemed proud of what they had done. United States District Judge Reggie B. Walton said,
“If you believed in the revolution, you should have defected.”
Myers, known as Agent 202, and his wife, known as Agent 123, were recruited in the late 1970s while he was working for the State Department. He later became a senior analyst for European intelligence and in that role had "top secret" clearance and access to classified documents, which he in turn, passed right on to the Cuban government.
Prosecutor Michael Harvey, said that the couple was given medals from Cuba and flew there in 1995 for a private meeting with Fidel Castro. Harvey had one word for Myers...
“He is a traitor. He betrayed his State Department colleagues and our nation.”
The Prosecutor requested and the judge agreed that a financial judgment should be entered against the Myers for $1.7 million, a representative of the salary he got as a State Department employee before he retired in 2007.
Defense lawyers argued that Mrs. Myers should get a more lenient sentence because she was in poor health. She has had a heart attack and several minor strokes.
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