US Couple Charged With Spying for Cuba

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 6:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A retired State Department worker and his wife were charged today with spying for Cuba for nearly 3 decades, CNN reports. Appearing before a federal magistrate in Washington, DC, Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and Gwendolyn Myers, 71, were indicted for conspiracy, providing classified information, and wire fraud. They each face up to 35 years in prison for conveying information from State documents, often by memory.

An affidavit said the Myers have received coded messages, met with Cuban agents, and even dined with Fidel Castro since they began spying in the late 1970s. Cuba paid for the Myers' expenses, but they were "true believers" in Cuba's political system, a US official said: Kendall Myers complained of America's "lack of decent medical system, the oil companies," and "the complacency about the poor" in a diary quoted by prosecutors.