December 19, 2006

At least he wasn't a political scientist or we'd never hear the end...

...about commie professors:

A psychology professor at Florida International University, Alvarez faces up to five years in prison for conspiracy to become an unregistered foreign agent.

Elsa Alvarez, who also worked at the university, faces up to three years in prison for concealing her husband's participation in that conspiracy.

The two are scheduled to be sentenced February 27.

When arrested in January, federal prosecutors said the FBI had covertly monitored Alvarez' ongoing communications with the Cuban Intelligence Service.

Authorities said U.S. agents eavesdropped as Alvarez received sophisticated communications equipment from Cuban intelligence designed to keep his activities secret.

Alvarez acknowledged Tuesday he had worked as a Cuban covert intelligence agent on behalf of the Havana government for nearly three decades.

Alvarez said he had gathered and transmitted information about Cuban exile groups to Cuban intelligence agents.

Interesting. I'll be curious to see what else comes out on this, because the charge sounds kind of strange. Basically he was spying on other private citizens (or legal immigrants?) and reporting that back to Cuba, so they are getting him on the "foreign agent" charges. I wonder what more is underneath there.

Posted by binky at December 19, 2006 11:26 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Florida | International Affairs | Latin America | Law and the Courts

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