Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ex-Foreign Espionage Operative Reveals How People Are Recruited To Undermine U.S.

PostChronicle

U.S. universities are important recruiting grounds for foreign spies, according to a former intelligence operative who has defected to the United States, and issued a report giving a rare glimpse into the intelligence operations of one of America's most determined espionage foes.

Jose Cohen Valdes was a Cuban intelligence officer employed in several areas of information acquisition and analysis in Havana, and has documented his nation's penetration of U.S. universities in a report which has yet to be translated into English. Jose Cohen's original report can be accessed online.

The recent arrest of former State Department official Walter Kendall Myers and his wife, Gwendolyn, on charges of spying for Cuba for the past 30 years gives further immediacy to Jose Cohen's report.

The intended purpose of the spy recruits is not only to gather information, but to become agents of influence - individuals who can shape U.S. policy to assist a foreign nation and work against the best interests of the United States. Cuba has one of the world's most effective espionage organizations in the world, and the tropical gulag remains on the U.S. State Department's list of state sponsors of terror. Cuba has one of the world's most effective espionage organizations in the world, and the tropical gulag remains on the U.S. State Department's list of state sponsors of terror.

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