June 8th, 2009
09:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton orders review of State Department security after arrests

Ex-State Department employee Kendall Myers and his wife were arrested last week, suspected of spying for Cuba.
Ex-State Department employee Kendall Myers and his wife were arrested last week, suspected of spying for Cuba.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she has ordered a review of security and vetting procedures that let a State Department employee suspected of spying for Cuba slip through the cracks.

Clinton told reporters she directed State Department security personnel to review "every possible security program we have, every form of vetting and clearance that we employ in the State Department, to determine what more we can do to guard against this kind of outrageous violation of the oaths that people take to serve our country here in the State Department."

Walter Kendall Myers, a 72-year-old former State Department employee, and his 71-year-old wife, Gwendolyn, were arrested Thursday and charged with illegally aiding the government of Cuba for almost 30 years, the Justice Department said.

The Myerses were charged with conspiracy to act as illegal agents of the Cuban government, providing classified information to that government and wire fraud, according to court documents unsealed in Washington on Friday.

"We are concerned by the announcement of the arrests and the charges against these two individuals, one of whom, as you know, was a former State Department employee, along with his wife," Clinton said.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. MatthewDetroit

    she should review herself for letting a hostile home terrorist speak.

    June 8, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. philo

    The two accused of spying were engaging in said crime for "Almost thirty years". Therefore, this problem is not a result of any one party, but of both. So I hope people will not turn this into a partisain talking point, when we really just need to solve this problem which spans administrations from both sides of the aisle..

    solutions over politics............

    June 8, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Dawn in Pa

    for thirty years this couple sold our secrets to the Cubans... This is not New, remember the Rosenbergs, were put to death for spying and selling out secrets to the Russian...

    We had a U-2 spy plane that when down in the USSR.Remember the mad magazine, spy vs spy.. Lets just say this could end up on the big screen, but not until the State Department investigate this.

    June 8, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Investigations will show that the biggest threat to national security come from her and her boss.

    June 8, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  5. Kimberly

    What?? Someone is FINALLY looking into these people???WOW, that is crazy! I hope she doesnt hire mccain to vet them. hahaha

    June 8, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Let me understand this. It is thought that they spied for Cuba for 30 years and are in their 70's now. OK, well at their present ages, before they can be brought to trial they will probably die of old age.

    June 9, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |