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Obama’s General

Retired USMC General James E. Cartwright, once known as “Obama’s favorite general”, appeared on short notice in a DC courtroom Monday to plead guilty to lying to the FBI. “It was wrong for me to mislead the F.B.I. on Nov. 2, 2012, and I accept full responsibility for this,” General Cartwright told U.S. District  judge J. Richard Leon. “I knew I was not the source of the story and I didn’t want to be blamed for the leak. My only goal in talking to the reporters was to protect American interests and lives; I love my country and continue to this day to do everything I can to defend it.”

An investigation into leaks about a joint US – Israeli “Operation Olympic Games” effort to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program through cyberattacks led the FBI to question General Cartwright. A book by New York Times reporter David Sanger, ‘Confront and Conceal’, brought public attention to the covert program and led to congressional investigation.


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.

Russian Spy Ring


Three members of the alleged Russian spy ring who resided in Arlington appeared very briefly -about three minutes- in U.S. District Court, Alexandria yesterday for detention hearings that were postponed. Pictured above is Mikhail Semenko standing before Magistrate-Judge Buchanan.  The other two, Patricia Mills and Michael Zottoli, are pictured below.

Their detention hearing has been rescheduled for this afternoon.

I had such a short time to sketch them yesterday that I expect when I see them again in court today they will appear quite different to me.

WaPo story here.

Spy Couple Back in Court

Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers, charged with spying for Cuba over 30 years, were back in court Wednesday for a hearing before Judge Reggie Walton.  They waived their right to a speedy trial, and said they wanted the same lawyers to represent each of them.

AP story here.

Couple Charged with Spying for Cuba

A retired State Department analyst and his wife were denied release at a detention hearing today following their arrest last week on charges related to serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government.

Assistant U.S.Attorney Michael Harvey, pictured above at the podium (and looking a lot like Steven Colbert), told Judge Facciola that Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn were planning to sail their 37-foot yacht to the Caribbean in November, possibly to Cuba.

“This escape plan, Your Honor, is no pipe dream,” he said.
Kendall Myers smiled.

Myers also taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and one of his former students has written about that here.

NYT article here.