The Sinn Fein Spy Twist

Friday, June 12, 2009
In a new twist, the Belfast Telegragh reports that Kendall Myers, "the alleged Cuban spy who operated at the heart of the US State Department for almost 30 years was upset that he was not chosen to succeed Richard Haass as the White House envoy to Northern Ireland in 2003."

Mitchell Reiss, who prevailed over Myers for the position, is unsure whether Myers’ pursuit of the Northern Ireland envoy post had anything top do with his activities on behalf of the Cuban regime, but he says that “[Myers] may have been very sympathetic to the Sinn Fein political line and therefore was going to insinuate himself into a position that was going to be as favourable to a friend of Havana’s as possible.”

Mr Reiss tells the Belfast Telegraph that when he was envoy, a lot of the sensitive information that he was privy to “was very tactical. A lot of it had to do with financing. But it was constrained to Northern Ireland.”

“Now, could that have been useful for Havana? Could Havana have parlayed that with the IRA in return for ‘x’? What would ‘x’ be?”

The ties between the Irish Republican Army ("IRA") and the Castro regime spans decades.

The December 2001 visit to Cuba by Gerry Adams, the president of the IRA's political arm, Sinn Fein, was perhaps the most highly visible connection. But over the years, the Castro regime has given refuge to numerous on-the-run IRA members. Among the most prominent is Evelyn Glenholmes, who arrived in Cuba in 1991. Glenholmes is believed to have been involved in the attempted assassination of a leading Catholic judge, Basil Kelly, in Belfast in 1983. Later, she was linked to an arms and explosives find in England. While in Cuba, Glenholmes acted as a de facto "ambassador" for the IRA. In 1996, she was replaced by Niall Connolly. Connolly was one of the so-called "Bogota Three" arrested by Colombian police in August 2001 for providing strategic and tactical support to FARC narco-guerrillas. The other two are James Monaghan and Martin McCauley, both alleged to be high-ranking IRA members.

Ironically, the arrest of the "Bogota Three" would spark a six-month long Congressional investigation on links between the IRA and the FARC led by U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts -- long-time advocate of the unconditional normalization of relations with the Castro regime -- which culminated in a committee report and April 2002 hearing, where Rep. Delahunt would controversially disassociate himself from the report (and any connections it established) stating that it was "short on facts and replete with speculation and surmise and opinion, much of which I would note I disagree with."