Adriana Perez, wife of convicted Wasp Network ringleader Gerardo Hernández, is travelling to Bolivia this month to lobby support for the Cuban Five. According to the Cuban News Agency (ACN), she will arrive in Bolivia on August 21 after a three-day stay in Peru. She will then meet with members of the Bolivia-Cuba solidarity movement, legislators and government officials. As it has for years, Cuban media used the media opportunity to criticize the United States’ repeated refusal to issue Adriana Perez a visa to visit her husband in jail. Gerardo Hernández is serving two life terms plus 15 years.
Editor’s Note: Following the arrests of 10 members of the Wasp Network, Adriana Pérez O’Connor was identified as a Cuban intelligence agent. Her mission was to courier messages and material between Havana and Miami. Still in training as a Directorate of Intelligence (DI) asset when the spy ring was beheaded in September 1998, she and her children were deported and permanently banned re-entry visas.
Like Perez, Olga Salanueva (wife of Cuban 5 spy René González) has also been barred re-entry into the US. Unlike Perez however, Salanueva was a fully trained spy and actively engaged in espionage against the United States when the 1998 arrests occurred.
The U.S. allows family members of the other three spies almost limitless visas. In addition to the long and frequent family visits, Cuban government officials also often enjoy visits with all five inmates.