June 5th, 2009
03:51 PM ET
6 years ago

Former State Department offical arrested

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former State Department official and his wife have
been arrested and charged with being spies for the Cuban government fo the past
30 years.


Filed under: Cuba • State Department
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Lourdes Valdes

    Send them back to Fidel's Cuba!

    June 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Cowboy in West Texas

    Only took 30 years to figure it out – guess they were giving Castro the info we wanted him to have! What a HOOT!!!

    June 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Dawn in Pa

    Former, so who is this Former State Department official? No name..Mmmm

    June 5, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Richard

    They should be charged with treason and hanged

    June 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. pakuna

    you all crack me up. you make a big deal out of m. o. hiring someone and news that matters gets 1 sentence.

    June 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. pam Eugene OR

    Is this the best you can do CNN? No name, no details, and you call this reporting?

    June 5, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. carlo

    30 years!! What does the CIA do again?

    June 5, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    30 year spying for the Cuban government just got caught. Man! what timeing

    June 5, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Frisky

    obviously they weren't very good at it, nothing has changed between Cuba and the US in 30 years. Nothing has changed in Cuba for 30 years.

    June 5, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. neon

    An indictment and criminal complaint unsealed today in the District of Columbia charge Walter Kendall Myers, 72, a.k.a. "Agent 202," and his wife, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, 71, a.k.a. "Agent 123," and "Agent E-634," with conspiracy to act as illegal agents of the Cuban government and to communicate classified information to the Cuban government.

    Here is a link to a more detailed article

    http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-05-2009/0005039378&EDATE=

    June 5, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Leslie

    Wow! State Department ihnfiltrated by Cuban spy for 30 years! That says a LOT about the State Department.

    June 5, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    30 years spying for Cuba? Just now catching them now that they are in their 70's. I wonder about our CIA and FBI if they can't catch a couple until they are in their 70's and beginning to slow down.

    June 5, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Leslie

    One thing I can say with the State Department, it is full of bureaucrats, it is hard to catch a spy in the midst of them due to the fact of political correctness which put this country in a lot of danger.

    June 5, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The questions I have are: what did they take; how did they get it to Cuba; what did Cuba do with it (possible information to sell to other world players); what were they thinking?

    I wonder if these people will get as much time a Pollard given they spied for an enemy unlike Pollard. He spied for a friend and has been in longer than anyone else.

    June 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    From the article link above

    "The clandestine activity alleged in the charging documents, which spanned nearly three decades, is incredibly serious .. "These arrests are the culmination of an outstanding counterespionage effort

    Are you kidding me, I don't think a 30 operation can be considered a success. These people are in their 70s, what did they do, send geritol to Castro?

    June 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. David

    Yes they were caught, but just before they died of natural causes.

    June 5, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. susie

    Blame it on Bush.

    June 5, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. gt

    they were given the water board treatment and talked ... ops ...

    June 5, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    The government caught them by tapping into their Metamucil or Geritol or both.

    June 5, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Obama's followers will now claim The One is personally responsible for this.

    June 5, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Army Veteran

    What a surprise, Myers and Steingraber-Myers, spying on our country for communist government. That reminds one of the Klaus Fuchs, the Rosenbergs, David Greenglass, Morton Sobell, Harry Gold, Joel Barr, Alfred Sarant, William Perl and the other nuclear spies and Jonathan Pollard. What do they all have in common? Hmmmm.

    And by the way Stein in NJ, Pollard should have been shot like the sniveling cowardly traitor he is. "Friendly" governments don't spy upon and steal secrets from each other.

    June 5, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Dawn in Pa

    @ susie, no this time it is not Bush's fault, this falls on the shoulders of Jimmy Carter. So all the Republicans can breath easier. It was under a Democrat.

    June 5, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Once You Vote Black: Mute Newt

    susie June 5th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

    Blame it on Bush.

    You are right, Daddy Bush.

    June 5, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Once You Vote Black: Mute Newt

    The One is personally responsible for this!

    June 5, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Brian in AZ

    They transmitted key info to the Cubans, such as the following.

    "Dear Fidel,

    After exhaustive research we've reached the considered conclusion that the US would kick your butt from here to Martes if you picked a fight.

    Your friends, The State Department Spies"

    June 5, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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