According to court documents filed in Washington, Mr Myers was first approached by the Cuban government in 1978, and he and his wife, a banking analyst, agreed shortly afterwards to provide information to Cuban intelligence.The story of Walter Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn reads like a John Le Carre novel, perhaps crossed with a Miss Marple whodunnit.
A glamorous story of spying, deception and coded messages between Washington and Havana.
But also with a touch of mundane domesticity about it, with secret meetings held in supermarkets with classified documents exchanged in shopping trolleys! Can this really have been a safe way to carry out grand espionage?
If the US Department of Justice is to be believed, for over three decades this American couple, now in their seventies, were spying for the Cuban government.
The allegations are that from his position at the state department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), Mr Myers was able to access top secret documents and pass them to his handlers from the Cuban Intelligence Service.
Mr and Mrs Myers were eventually rumbled after an undercover sting operation. An FBI agent posing as a Cuban intelligence officer approached Mr Myers, telling him that he had been sent by the Cuban government to obtain information from him.
During a subsequent meeting, Mr Myers and his wife agreed to provide information about US government personnel to the undercover agent, and made statements about their past activities for the Cuban government, the Justice Department alleges.
They apparently told the undercover agent that they had been making plans to one day escape to Cuba travelling by boat. Mr Myers said he studied shipping charts and maps.
Seems those commies got you good
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