Kendall Myers: Life in Prison for Cuban Spy

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A judge of the U.S. District Court handed down sentences for Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers, a married American couple that were spy’s for Cuba. Kendall Myers is the son of a heart surgeon, grandson of the National Geographic Society’s President and great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Myers was born into a family of great riches and opportunity, went to college at Brown University and earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

In 1978 Kendall visited Cuba for two weeks and was soon recruited by a Cuban intelligence agent. He spied for 30 years from his jobs inside the State Department. He first worked at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and later at the department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. In 1985, he received a “top secret” security clearance giving him a right of entry to confidential information every day. U.S. investigators were made aware of the existence of a Cuban spy in 2006. The FBI tracked down Myers, then launched a sting operation that brought the couple down.

The two were arrested in June 2009 after meeting several times with an undercover FBI agent to whom they disclosed their actions for Cuba. Those meetings were caught on audio and video tape. Myers told the undercover FBI agent he usually took information from the State Department by committing to memory or writing down observations, and in some circumstances he actually took classified documents home. Gwendolyn Myers said she would process the information to be delivered to their Cuban spy intelligence handlers.

Last November Kendall Myers, 73, and his wife Gwendolyn Myers, 72, pleaded guilty to spying for Cuba. Myers was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, his wife got a sentence of more than six and a half years minus the 14 months she already has served. As part of their sentence the couple also agreed to pay back to the government more than $1.7 million, which was Myer’s estimated salary over the years while working for the U.S. government.