SPY CASES - UNITED STATES

Faget

 

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Vise, David A. "INS Officer Charged With Spying for Cuba." Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2000, A8. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 17 February 2000, the FBI arrested Mariano Faget, a senior official with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Miami, "and charged him with spying for Cuba.... Through a combination of technical and physical surveillance, the FBI said, 'Operation False Blue' uncovered Faget, who was born in Havana, making unauthorized contacts with Cuban intelligence officers in Miami and other cities." See also, Peter T. Kilborn, "Immigration Official Charged as Spy for Cuban Government," New York Times, 19 Feb. 2000.

Driscoll, Amy, and Juan Tamayo. "Alleged Cuban Spy Phoned Contact Instantly." Miami Herald, 19 Feb. 2000. [http://www.herald.com]

According to the FBI, Mariano Faget "waited just 12 minutes before divulging classified information about a possible defection of a Cuban intelligence officer to a New York businessman with ties to the Castro government." Faget "telephoned the Cuban-born businessman after he was told of the possible defection by FBI and INS officials in what turned out to be an elaborate trap."

Santiago, Fabiola. "Aloof Suspect With High Clearance; Was Ideally Positioned To Do Harm." Miami Herald, 19 Feb. 2000. [http://www.herald.com]

The family of Mariano Faget, the INS official charged with spying for Cuba, "had a sinister past in Cuba.... [His father,] Mariano Faget Sr.[,] had been one of Fulgencio Batista's best-known torturers, a 'caza comunistas,' a hunter of suspected communists who ran Batista's Office of Anti-Communist Repression, known as BRAC."

Barr, Stephen. "U.S. Orders Cuban Diplomat's Expulsion in Spy Case." Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2000, A25. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to State Department spokesman James Foley, the United States on 19 February 2000 ordered the expulsion of a Cuban diplomat linked to an INS official charged with spying for the Cuban government. Foley did not identify the diplomat. See also, Irvin Molotsky, "U.S. Expels Cuban Diplomat Who Is Linked to Spy Case," New York Times, 20 Feb. 2000.

Tamayo, Juan O. "Cuban Diplomat Expelled Over Spy Link." Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2000. [http://www.herald.com]

"The head of the Cuban Interests Section, Fernando Remirez, said in Santiago de Cuba that his government will not willingly bring home the diplomat targeted for expulsion.... Remirez said the government would recommend that the official 'remain in United States territory to give testimony and demonstrate the total falseness of this accusation.'"

CNN. "Cuban Diplomat Linked to INS Spy Case Identified." 22 Feb. 2000. [http://www. cnn.com]

"[T]he name of a Cuban government official ordered expelled by the United States has now been revealed.... Jose Imperatori,... who holds the rank of second secretary at the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington -- formally known as the Cuban Interests Section -- has four more days to leave the United States. But the Cuban government ... is refusing to recall him to Havana."

New York Times. "Cuba Refuses to Withdraw a Diplomat." 23 Feb. 2000. [http://www. nytimes.com]

"Cuba will not withdraw the diplomat linked to an espionage investigation, despite an order from the United States that he leave the country, Cuban officials said." State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said that if Jose Imperatori did not leave the country "he would lose diplomatic privileges and immunities and become subject to the laws of the United States."

Tamayo, Juan O. "N.Y. Contact of Alleged Spy Denies Giving Cuba Secrets." Miami Herald, 24 Feb. 2000. [http://www.herald.com]

In an interview with the Univision television network in Monaco on 23 February 2000, Cuban-born Pedro Font, "linked to accused Cuban spy Mariano Faget," confirmed that "he has known Faget since childhood and had met with diplomats attached to the Cuban Interests Section in Washington" but "denied ... that he passed secrets to Cuba."

Kidwell, David. "Spy Suspect Defends Calling Cuban Friend." Miami Herald, 25 Feb. 2000. [http://www.herald.com]

Taking the stand at his bond hearing on 24 February 2000, Mariano Faget "admitted he had disclosed government secrets -- but only to save a friend, not to spy for Cuba.... His attempts to minimize his illegal disclosure as an 'error in judgment' didn't convince U.S. Magistrate Barry Garber, who ordered Faget held without bond while he awaits trial."

DeYoung, Karen. "Cuban Diplomat Forcibly Expelled: Cited in Spy Case, Envoy Balked at Departure Order." Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Expelled Cuban diplomat Jose Imperatori was taken into custody on 26 February 2000 by the FBI and flown to Montreal on a bureau plane. This was "the first time a foreign diplomat has tried to defy an expulsion order." See also, Irvin Molotsky, "Cuban Envoy Is Deported After Defying Expulsion," New York Times, 27 Feb. 2000.

McCarthy, Shawn. "Cuban Envoy Holes Up in Ottawa." Globe and Mail (Canada), 28 Feb. 2000. [http://www.theglobeandmail.com]

On 27 February 2000, Cuban diplomat Jose Imperatori, "expelled from the United States on spy charges[,] was holed up in the Cuban Embassy ..., threatening to remain there on a hunger strike until his name is cleared." See also, Steven Pearlstein, "Cuban Diplomat Remains in Canada: Havana Orders Alleged Spy to Stay, Requests 30-Day Visa," Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2000, A2.

Tamayo, Juan O. "Canada Orders Cuban Envoy Back Home." Miami Herald, 29 Feb. 2000. [http://www.herald.com]

"An angry Canadian government ordered" Cuban diplomat Jose Imperatori "to leave Canada" by the evening of 28 February 2000, and "end his 'publicity seeking attempt to remain in Ottawa.'" See also, Steven Pearlstein, "Cuban Deported By U.S. Defies Order to Leave Canada," Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2000, A11.

Lynch, Marika. "Spy Suspect Says He Talked Business." Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2000. [http://www.herald.com]

In an interview broadcast on WPLG Channel 10 on 29 February 2000, Mariano Faget said that he "met with a top Cuban diplomat [Jose Imperatori] to talk about business prospects in a post-embargo Cuba, but the two never talked about immigration matters."

Pearlstein, Steven. "Expelled Diplomat Returns to Cuba." Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2000, A24. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Cuban diplomat Jose Imperatori left Canada on 2 March 2000 and "returned home to Havana, where he received a hero's welcome led by President Fidel Castro."

Miami Herald. "Faget Pleads Not Guilty to Spying." 7 Mar. 2000. [http://www.herald.com]

On 6 March 2000, Mariano Faget entered a formal plea of not guilty in U.S. District Court to charges of "communicating national defense information, conversion of government property for personal use and [making] three false statements."

Bragg, Rick. "Secrets Trial of High Immigration Official Begins." New York Times, 18 May 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The trial of Mariano Faget began in Miami on 17 May 2000.

CNN. "INS Official Guilty of Espionage in Cuba Case." 30 May 2000. [http://www.cnn.com]

On 29 May 2000, a jury convicted Mariano Faget "on four counts of violating the Espionage Act."

Los Angeles Times. "Ex-INS Supervisor, Faget, Gets 5 Years in Spy Case." 30 Jun. 2001.

On 29 June 2001, Mariano Faget "was sentenced in Miami to five years in prison for disclosing official secrets to Cuba."

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