Couple Who Spied for Cuba Sentenced


Kendall Myers expressed no regret as he addressed Judge Reggie Walton at yesterday’s sentencing hearing saying the couple never sought payment from the Cuban government.  “Our overriding objective was to help the Cuban people defend their
revolution,” he said. “We share the ideals and dreams of the Cuban
revolution.” He went on to invoke Nelson Mandela as he boasted about the opportunity prison has given him to educate the African-American population there.

Judge Walton was unimpressed.  “If you believed in the revolution,” he
said, “you should have defected.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Harvey pointed out that although money was not the motive, the adventure and risk-taking were incentive enough. He quoted Kendall Myers as saying to his wife, Gwen, in the presence of an undercover FBI agent that it would be “fun” to resume their espionage activities. The couple also received medals from Cuba, and had a private meeting with Fidel Castro in 1995.

Kendall Myers got life. Gwendolyn was sentenced 81 months with credit for time served.  A financial judgment of $1.7 million, representing the total amount of salary Mr. Myers received while working at the State Department, was also entered.

WaPo story here.

Art Lien

Courtartist is me, Art Lien. I've been sketching the courts since 1976, and for most of that time the U.S. Supreme Court has been my regular beat. I've been working almost exclusively for NBC News since 1980. Courtroom sketching is a form of visual journalism or reportage drawing that is slowly dying out. Where once upon a time news organization each had their own artist covering a story, today a "pool" artist often sketches for all. It is a demanding and stressful discipline where the drawing is often done directly and under tight deadline.

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