Seventy-two-year-old Walter Kendall Myers, a retired top intelligence analyst at the State Department, and his wife Gwendolyn, 71, stand accused of spying for the Cuban government over the past thirty years.
Myers—or “Agent 202” as he was known by Cuban intelligence—was recruited by Cuban officers in 1978 while he teaching at the State Department’s language school in Arlington, Virginia. Myers worked his way up to the position of Europe analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research while serving as a spy. With almost unlimited access to everything on the State Department’s computers he allegedly downloaded around 200 classified intelligence documents before he retired in 2007. The couple communicated with Cuban agents through coded “numbers station” broadcasts received via shortwave radio, and later through encrypted e-mail. His wife Gwen—known as “Agent 123” and “E-634”—passed secrets to Cuban intelligence agents in New York by using tactics such as exchanging shopping carts in grocery stores, according to court papers.
The couple was able to visit Havana many times without detection and revealed to an undercover FBI agent that they had received numerous medals from Cuba’s Communist government for their service, and had even spent an evening with Fidel Castro in 1995. The Myers were apprehended Friday at a Washington D.C. hotel after an undercover FBI operation.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already called for a “comprehensive damage assessment.” The Myers arrests follow fellow Cubana Ana Montes’s 2001 sentence to 25 years in prison for spying for the Caribbean country while she served as an agent for the U.S Defense Intelligence Agency.