Sailing couple admits to spying for Cuba

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A well-known boating couple admitted in federal court last week that they spied for Cuba over the past three decades, receiving coded instructions over a shortwave radio and passing them along.

Walter K. Myers, 72, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit espionage and wire fraud. His wife, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, 71, pleaded guilty to conspiring to gather and transmit national defense information.

Under the plea deal, Walter Myers faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, and his wife faces up to 7-1/2 years, according The Washington Post.

Both agreed to give extensive debriefings to U.S. law enforcement officials before they are sentenced. No sentencing date was set.

The couple’s attorney, Bradford Berenson, said in a statement after the hearing that the Myerses were not motivated by greed but spied “out of conscience and personal commitment,” the newspaper reports.

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6 comments on “Sailing couple admits to spying for Cuba

  1. Bill Graves

    What the hell is “out of conscience and personal commitment,” ???
    This guy sold out his country, his friends, his family for one of the most repressive regimes in history.
    They, especially her, got off way to easy.  I do like the idea of a 7 X 9 cell for the rest of their life, but that is too good for them. Maybe better in the yard with real cons who just might extract some real justice on them.

  2. marta planas

    And they say the Miami Cubans are paranoid. Maybe Americans and the government will now start paying more attention.

  3. dave

    and here I was sympathetic to an old who couple who I thought must be wrongfully charged.
    even more sad, their attorney defends their actions..if they had a consience, they would have known what they were doing was wrong, and they were simply taking advantage of all that this wonderful country offers, while their friends and family back home continued to suffer for 30+ years.
    Treason for sure, penalty…death.

  4. Arch

    Dave, you thought they were wrongfully charged?  How?  The evidence was overwhelming from day 1.  And what exactly did you mean by “friends and family back home”?  They aren’t Cuban.
    I agree.  2 bullets is justified.
    Marta Planas….Miami Cubans aren’t paranoid, it’s just that we don’t look at Cuba as a huge threat, because they aren’t.  We have much bigger fish to fry.  So what if Castro spies on us.  You don’t think China and Russia do?  They spy on us all the time, as do other countries.  We spy on all of them.  It doesn’t change a thing.
    Bill, “out of conscience and personal commitment,” makes sense.  These people are sympathetic to Castro and the Cuban people.  When you look at what the US has done to them, it’s not hard to understand it.  YES, Castro is a dictator, but he has also done much for his people too.  The Cuban people know this. I have spoken to many.  He enjoys much more popularity in Cuba than Bush or Obama does here, and despite what the press tells us, it’s not from fear.
    None of that matters.  These people committed espionage and should be exterminated.

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