June 5th, 2009
03:51 PM ET
14 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. bert

    Why are we so cautious with their identity. They are spies. They should get the firing squad. How are you a spy for thirty years.....and the whole thing was funded by the government. Wow.

    June 5, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Once You Vote Black: Mute Newt

    How could Daddy Bush, a man of the CIA not have caught this during the 12 years of Regan and his 4 years? And how could W not have seen this with the close look we had after 9-11. It takes a soul brother to route this out and he is not even in the country right now.

    June 5, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Miami Liberal Cuban

    They are heroes!!! Thank you so much for fighting economic imperialism!!

    June 5, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. VL- Chicago

    Isn't Obama a spy for communists, since he is one?

    June 5, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Once You Vote Black: Mute Newt

    VL- Chicago you must not be American. You right like a Russian or Indian or something. Mrs. Clinton must have put something in place to catch them.

    June 5, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter

    fo the past 30 years.

    Fo? Who wrote this article? Yes, I am from the spelling police. Have a nice day!

    June 5, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Francie

    Talk about TREACHERY! That's the height of betrayal.

    June 5, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Chris D.

    I guess everyone is having a great Friday on here huh? Well perhaps it's not the President who discovered it...It could be E. Holder, H. Clinton or someone in the Obama admin......
    Hey the key DEMS (President Obama/ Sec. Clinton) have taken off the kiddie gloves. Adults at work.

    June 5, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Joe in Austin

    If this article is correct, it will never stick. An agent working undercover convinced them to testify against themselves. Gotta read 'em their rights if they are suspects. Their testimony and all evidence collected from it will be tossed out. They can still be deported.


    June 5, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. The Spies Among Us

    So now they're ready to retire and go back home? Is that it CNN?

    But seriously, if I had a choice to live in the States and Cuba, I'd take my sweet time as well–thirty years is a long time. I hope they throw the book at these people.

    And, if they are former State Department officials, are they getting retirement checks from the government. I think Fidel owes us some money.

    June 5, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Pete

    Hey Army Vet, I take it you don't like your Hebraic brethren?

    Wow, even with wiretapping and torture, the "keep us safe" conservatives missed this for 30 years?

    June 5, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Laura See

    Bet they still get retirement benefits.

    June 5, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. John G

    Obviously it was W's fault that they weren't caught before now and of course Obama led the swat team into the retirement home when they were arrested.

    June 5, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Melissa

    I guess the Republicans didn't keep us as "safe" as they thought, huh? They can stop lying now.

    June 5, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    O.K.......That's two treasonous scum down.......what about Dumbya and Darth?

    June 5, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. tee

    How can we expect the CIA to catch Bin Ladin, when they can't catch criminals working out if their own backyard.

    June 5, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Jon in CA

    @ Melissa says

    "I guess the Republicans didn't keep us as "safe" as they thought, huh? They can stop lying now."


    Is that what you've been taught in school, Melissa... that Carter and Clinton were Republicans too?

    June 5, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. ray ray

    Just curious – did these spies happen to belong to the Congression Black Caucus?

    Considering how "supportive" the CBC is of Castro it would appear they're on Castro's payroll too.

    June 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Ryan

    John G June 5th, 2009 5:14 pm ET

    Obviously it was W's fault that they weren't caught before now and of course Obama led the swat team into the retirement home when they were arrested.

    It is easy to blame everything on BUSH, uh? They both got arrested and charged with being a spies for the Cuban government for the past 30 years.... This is something that has been going on for more and no less than 30 years... now, tell me how can it be W's fault? I mean, hellooooo?!?!?!

    June 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Leah-Vancouver

    And the "GREAT CHENEY" who famously keeping USA safe for the past 8 years couldn't' figure this out?

    By the way

    @VL- Chicago
    Your comment is pathetic, you need to educate yourself more!

    June 5, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Army Veteran

    Hey Pete,

    I don't like that one group of ingrates who we gave sanctuary to during WW II and then liberated millions of their fellows from Nazi tyranny repaid us by giving the Soviets not only the atomic bomb but then the hydrogen bomb and the proximity fuse and other major US military secrets for good measure. Nikita Khrushchev said in his memoirs that the Rosenberg cabal saved the Soviets many years of nuclear research and millions and millions of rubles. But, according to your logic it's okay because the Israelis are "friendly" now even though they continue to spy on us as evidenced by the AIPAC arrests last year which were dropped under political pressure from the White House.

    The most deliciously comic irony is that the Soviets repaid their spies' loyalty by supporting Palestinian and Arab extremists including the PLO during the 60s, 70s and 80s as well as arming almost all the Arab governments in the region.

    And I find illegal wiretapping and torture equally appalling and hope that those involved in it all end in prison which they so richly deserve including Condi, Georgie and Dickie.

    BTW, Pete have you ever served in the military? Or been a police officer or fire fighter or done anything for anyone beside yourself? Or are you yet another cowardly hypocrite content to sit on sidelines and let those of us with the courage of our convictions do all the work?

    June 5, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Ted

    The CIA doesn't investigate State Dept. employees, so you can't blame it on them. It is however well known that Democrats dominate the senior ranks of careerists at the State Department.

    I can only imagine the howls however if the Bush administration had 1) investigated a State Dept. employee and 2) prosecuted spies for a Latin country!

    June 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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