SPY CASES - UNITED STATES

Walter Kendall Myers & Gwendolyn Myers

Materials arranged chronologically.

Sullivan, Andy. "Ex-U.S. State Official, Wife Face Cuba Spy Charges." Reuters, 5 Jun. 2009. [http://www.reuters.com]

The Justice Department said on 5 June 2009 that Walter Kendall Myers, a former U.S. State Department official, and his wife Gwendolyn Myers "have been arrested for spying for the Cuban government for nearly 30 years." The two have "pleaded not guilty."

Sheridan, Mary Beth, and Del Quentin Wilber. "A Slow Burn Becomes a Raging Fire: Disdain for U.S. Policies May Have Led to Alleged Spying for Cuba." Washington Post, 7 Jun. 2009. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The State Department and intelligence community are investigating how much damage the alleged spying" of Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Myers "may have done. Myers had worked as a European political expert for more than 20 years at the State Department, and had been associated with its Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1988 until his retirement in 2007."

Courson, Paul. "Cuban Spy Suspects Select Attorneys." CNN, 17 Jun. 2009. [http://www.cnn.com]

On 17 June 2009, U.S. District Judge Reginald Walton "questioned a decision" by Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Myers "to use the same lawyers to fight" charges of "conspiracy to act as illegal agents of the Cuban government, wire fraud and providing classified information to Havana.... The couple said they want the same defense team... The judge accepted that they understood their decision."

Gentile, Carmen. "Cuban Spies' Shortwave Radios Go Undetected." Washington Times, 18 Jun. 2009. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]

Walter Kendall Myers, a retired State Department officer, and his wife, Gwendolyn, "who are accused of spying for Cuba appear to have avoided capture for 30 years because their communications with the Caribbean island were too low-tech to be detected by sophisticated U.S. monitors." According to a Justice Department affidavit, "they told an FBI agent posing as a Cuban intelligence officer that they received orders from Cuba's intelligence services over shortwave radio."

Wilber, Del Quentin. "Former U.S. official, Wife Admit to 30 Years of Spying for Cuba." Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2009. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Former State Department official Walter K. Myers and his wife, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, "admitted in federal court [on 20 November 2009] that they spied for Cuba over the past three decades." Myers "pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit espionage and wire fraud," and "faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison." His wife "pleaded guilty to conspiring to gather and transmit national defense information," and faces a sentence of 6 to 7 1/2 years. "Under the plea deal, the couple agreed to forfeit $1.7 million, the total of Myers's salary over the years, in cash and property to the U.S. government."

Cratty, Carol. "Former State Department Official Sentenced to Life for Spying for Cuba." CNN, 16 Jul. 2010. [http://www.cnn.com]

On 16 July 2010, former State Department official Walter Kendall Myers was sentenced to life in prison for spying for Cuba. His wife and partner in spying, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, "received a sentence of six years and nine months, but will get credit for more than a year already served.... Myers' life sentence does not include the possibility of parole."

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