Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives

2170 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
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September 18, 1998 Vol. 5, No. 27

Castro Spies Targeted U.S. Military Bases


The Federal Bureau of Investigation broke up a major Cuban spy ring in Miami this week. Two of Fidel Castro's deep-cover saboteurs and eight U.S. confederates were scooped up and indicted in Federal court.


The Castroite agents were working to penetrate our Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and the Boca Chica Naval Air Station in Key West.


The Washington Post reported that U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott "described the activities of the eight men and two women as an attempt ‘to strike at the very heart of our national security system.'"


The FBI has said that Castro's spies also sought to infiltrate Cuban-American groups and manipulate other political groups and the United States media. The arrest of the Cuban spies has once again raised questions about the role Cuban agents played in shoot-down by the Cuban air force of two unarmed Brothers to the Rescue aircraft in February 1996.


Chairman Gilman commended FBI director Louis Freeh and the FBI's Miami field office for neutralizing this illegal espionage network.