Bloomberg's Jeff Goldberg wrote a propaganda-full, fact-less column, lobbying the Obama Administration to exchange the "Cuban Five" (Three) spies for American development worker, Alan Gross.
Predictably, Goldberg tried to downplay the crimes of these imprisoned spies by claiming, "the Cuban Five were spying mainly on right-wing Cuban dissident groups in Florida."
That's cute, but not true.
As former FBI Special Agent and expert on Cuban intelligence operations, Stuart M. Hoyt, Jr., wrote this week in rebuttal to another apologist of the "Cuban Five":
It was the military, not anti-Castro militants that was the primary target of the network and led to the convictions on conspiracy to commit espionage [...]
In 1997, the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) moved from Panama to Miami, Florida, and became the Wasp Network’s highest priority. In an intercepted message from Cuba one of the illegal IOs is informed: “This is the report given to the Commander in Chief [Castro] ….. of the development of this infiltration job (of SOUTHCOM) which as you already know is the number one priority of our institution [DI].” The writer in Cuba notes: “I emphasized that everything related to SOUTHCOM was of extreme importance and for him [a member of the Network] to keep abreast of every bit of news.” Another message reads: “Even though we have advanced greatly in our SURCO [SOUTHCOM] mission, we still must advance much more and until we are able to infiltrate it our mission will not be completed.” Another message to a pair of agents reads: “We are stepping on more solid ground of penetration (of SOUTHCOM) and I am convinced we will achieve our objectives…. and our total commitment to this supreme task.”
The Cubans acknowledged that it may take time and effort to accomplish the penetration of the military, especially SOUTHCOM. In intercepted messages the Cubans write: “It is necessary that our agents realize we are working on long term objectives due to the complexity of the matter; therefore, we should not tire nor feel we are aiming at the impossible.” Another message states: “I need to stress that the process of penetration of SURCO [SOUTHCOM] is going to be difficult and long.” Another Cuban agent sent to the U.S. from Cuba had no contact with his handler for two years in order that the agent acclimate himself to his new environment and build his cover without arousing suspicion. Indeed, it was a long term objective [...]
The Five’s primary target was the penetration of the military.
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