Alleged Cuban Spies Fall for a Cigar

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The Myers spy case is all over the papers now. It seems so cold-warish now but the Cubans seem caught in that forever time warp. This is not the first time they have a husband and wife team for spies. There was the case of Carlos and Elsa Alvarez who were arrested in 6 January 2006. There was the case of George and Marisol Gari, indicted in August 2001 on charges of spying for the Cuban government as part of the “Wasp Network.” If the allegations against the Myers are true, that’s thirty years of double life!


USA v. Walter Kendall Myers a/k/a Agent 202 and Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers a/k/a Agent 123 and Agent E-634 alleges the following violations: Conspiracy, Agent of Foreign Government, Wire Fraud, Forfeiture and Aiding and Abetting and Causing an Act to be Done.

Part of the indictment papers filed includes a portion where the Myers stated their admiration for Ana Montes.

Kendall Myers stated “I have great admiration for [Cuban spy] Ana Montes. She’s a hero …But she took too many chances in my opinion…She wasn’t paranoid enough.

Kendall Myers said that “the funny thing, of course, some of the stuff I supplied, [Ana Montes] supplied. There was duplication…Because I read the stuff that she gave. Gwendolyn Myers continued “which is terrific what they got was verified…from two different places.

Referring to Ana Montes, Gwendolyn Myers stated, “She was not paranoid enough…But she loved it…she did what she loved to do. Kendall Myers continued, saying “we have a great admiration” for Ana Montes.


Ana Montes
was the Defense Intelligence Agency’s senior Cuba intelligence analyst who was sentenced on October 16, 2002 for spying for Cuba (see CI Centre coverage of sentencing). Montes was sentence of 25 years in prison with no possibility of parole, followed by five years of supervised release.

It seems odd that faulting Montes for lack of paranoia, Mr. and Mrs. Myers then fell for a cigar from a stranger. Item #40 of the criminal complaint states that an undercover source (UCS) for the FBI approached Kendall Myers in front of the SAIS school, mentioned a CuIS Intelligence officer, offered him a cigar and congratulated him on his birthday. It went down for the couple from there on. Should be an interesting hearing when this unfolds in court, unless its closed to the public for national security.

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18 Months for Theft of More Than $800,000

Former U.S. Embassy Haiti Employee Jean G. Saint-Joy Sentenced


This came from DOJ yesterday: A former employee at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for stealing more than $800,000 from the U.S. Department of State.

Jean G. Saint-Joy, 44, aka Gary Saint-Joy, aka Garry Saint-Joy, a citizen of Haiti, was also ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina to pay restitution in the amount of the theft. Saint-Joy pleaded guilty on Feb. 5, 2009, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Saint-Joy admitted that beginning in approximately 2003 and continuing until early 2008, he engaged in a scheme to embezzle funds from the State Department. According to court documents, Saint-Joy was employed as a cashier by the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from approximately 1995 until July 2008. As part of this scheme, Saint- Joy admitted he submitted and caused to be submitted false and fraudulent documents to the State Department claiming that he required reimbursement for the payment of legitimate embassy expenses.

According to court documents, Saint-Joy illegally obtained approximately $428,639 from the State Department as a result of the scheme. Saint-Joy also admitted he provided and caused to be provided false and fraudulent requests for cash advances from the embassy’s cash advance accounts with two banks in Port-au-Prince. According to court documents, Saint-Joy illegally obtained approximately $50,000 from one account and approximately $371,627 from the other account. The total amount of Saint-Joy’s theft was approximately $849,000.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Ethan H. Levisohn and Marc Levin of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, which is headed by William M. Welch, II. The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State.

Insider Quote: Big Language Hullabaloo Not New

“So I was then assigned as consul to Liverpool. By this time I had already spent sixteen weeks very assiduously studying German. Anyway, while I was at the Foreign Service Institute I insisted on taking an examination in Chinese. There was a big hullabaloo at this time in the Department about language abilities and qualifications. There had been a lot of stuff in the press about people being sent to posts when they didn’t have any knowledge of the language.”


Interview with John S. Service
Foreign Service Officer
1977
Oral History, ADST

SFRC Hearings: Ellen O. Tauscher, Eric P. Goosby

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COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
111th Congress
1st Session

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Building
Presiding: Senator Kerry

Senator Kerry’s Opening Statement

Senator Lugar’s Opening Statement

Nominee:

The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher
to be Under Secretary of State
for Arms Control and International Security

To view the video of the confirmation hearings, click on the heading “NOMINATIONS” on this page and the Committee Channel should pop up. Links to testimonies/opening statements will be added as soon as they are available online. The c-span video of the hearing is here.

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Time
: 2:30 P.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Building
Presiding: Senator Kerry

Nominee:

Eric P. Goosby
to be Ambassador at Large and Coordinator
of United States Government Activities
to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally

To view the video of the confirmation hearings, click on the heading “NOMINATIONS” on this page and the Committee Channel should pop up. Links to testimonies/opening statements will be added as soon as they are available online.