Monday, March 12, 2012

Prosecutor: Convicted spy still a threat

Caroline Heck-Miller. Photo: AP
A convicted Cuban spy now on supervised parole in the U.S. shouldn't be allowed to travel to Cuba for two weeks to visit his dying brother because the FBI is worried he "may meet and consult with Cuban intelligence officials," prosecutors said in a document filed Monday.

René González wants to visit his brother, Robert, a lawyer who has a malignant brain tumor and other life-threatening health problems.

Caroline Heck-Miller, an assistant U.S. attorney, asked District Court Judge Joan A. Lenard to deny the request. She wrote:
The United States appreciates the humanitarian nature of the request being made by the defendant...
Nonetheless, the United States opposes the defendant’s request, based on FBI security concerns. There is concern that, during the requested trip to Cuba, Gonzalez may meet and consult with Cuban intelligence officials and personnel with the purpose or result of furthering Government of Cuba interests, contrary to the interests of the United States, upon the defendant’s subsequent return to the United States.

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