Skip to comments.Miami Professor, Wife Alleged Cuban Spies
Posted on 01/09/2006 3:14:59 PM PST by wagglebee
A college professor and his wife, a college administrator, have been charged with being longtime illegal agents of Cuban President Fidel Castro, according to documents filed Monday.
Carlos Alvarez, a psychology professor at Florida International University, and his wife, Elsa Alvarez, were charged with acting as agents of Cuba without registering with the U.S. government as required, said the documents filed in U.S. District Court.
The two were scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrea Simonton, according to the documents. An indictment further describing the charges was expected to be unsealed after that appearance, court officials said.
U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta and representatives of the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service scheduled a news conference about the case later Monday.
Alvarez is identified on the Florida International Web site as an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. His wife is described as a coordinator in the social work training program.
Carlos Alvarez didn't return two phone messages left at his office. A university spokesman didn't return several calls seeking comment.
The indictment marks the latest turn in the underworld of espionage between the United States and Cuba, much of which takes place in South Florida where thousands of Cuban exiles live.
In August, the convictions of five alleged Cuban spies were thrown out by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the five were unfairly tried because of intense publicity and community prejudice, along with inflammatory remarks by prosecutors.
The five, accused of being part of the Wasp Network of Cuban spies operating on U.S. soil, admitted being agents of Cuba but insisted they were spying on Cuban exiles opposed to Castro, not on the United States itself.
The full 11th Circuit has agreed to rehear the arguments on whether the five got a fair trial.
I'm like so surprised.
Give me a break!
actually, i can think of a worst punishment than that - send them back to cuba!
Send them back in a converted 48 Buick.
So surprised to find spies among educational professionals.
That's the first thing I thought of.
It was much more fair than anything a spy could hope to expect in El Hefe's tropical gulag.
I guess we have to be nicer to the Cuban spies sent over by Castor to harass US Citizens than we must be to Scott Peterson or Michael Jackson.
They must of have gotten a commie judge for their case. I hope they were kicked out of the country!
What do you think Cuban agents would be looking for in Miami? Names and whereabouts of anti-Castro Cubans in Florida? They have to have been known to Fidel for years. So what is he interested in now?
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He was a pretty good receiver back maybe thirty years ago. For some reason I can't remember if he played for Florida of FSU, although I think, Florida.
I wonder if this couple was hooked up with Ana Belen Montes, the
convicted Cuban spy.
Some info on her- mostly in the bottom half of the linked page:
There is a good reason such spies are taken into custody quick. Otherwise, they would have their house bombed by Alpha 66 or Omega 7.
Lest we forget:
They need to be tried and executed.
-----I agree with you.
bump for publicity
Husband, Wife Indicted as Cuban Agents [Florida professors]
"They need to be tried and executed."
Tried AND executed? The trials didn't even start yet. You really don't believe in "innocent until proven guilty", do you? Wow. No offense, but I hope you aren't a top official in our justice system.