The Tale of the Five Cuban Spies

| January 18, 2002

The Tale of the Five Cuban Spies

The Cuban government is waging a new propaganda war against the U.S. after the recent conviction of five Cuban agents for spearheading a spy ring known as 'The Wasp Network.' The conviction also calls into question America's true commitment to fighting terrorism.

The agents were convicted on charges of espionage conspiracy and operating as unregistered foreign agents, according to Nick Miroff in World Press Review, but he argues that their work may have been more defensive than offensive in nature. 'By pretending to be staunchly anti-Castro,' Miroff writes, 'the agents gained entry into organizations like Brothers to the Rescue and the Cuban-American National Foundation with the intention of gathering intelligence about possible terrorist attacks against Cuba.' As one of the convicted spies, Antonio Guerrero, noted in his closing statement, 'What else could Cuba have done to defend itself against terrorist attacks? What else could it have done to avoid a greater conflict? What other options were there to protect its sovereignty and the security of its people?'

The U.S., Miroff notes, regularly celebrates its operatives in other countries who are 'fighting terrorism.' And Guerrero and his comrades are certainly being celebrated in Cuba. Throughout the six-month trial, President Fidel Castro referred to the agents as heroes and martyrs. Cuban newspapers and TV have spread the courtroom transcripts across the country.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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