Ex-espía Juan Pablo Roque Crítica Película y Libro Sobre Red Avispa 1

Ex-espia Juan Pablo Roque

Por Carlos Cabrera Perez, CiberCuba

El exespía Juan Pablo Roque afirmó que se siente excluido en la película Wasp Network y calificó de “mierda” el libro Los últimos soldados de la Guerra Fría, que recoge la versión oficial del gobierno castrista sobre los hechos en los que participó durante su misión en Miami.

Roque, de 64 años, quien trabajó como agente doble para la Inteligencia cubana y el FBI, ofreció una entrevista exclusiva a CiberCuba tras ver esta semana en La Habana la película del realizador francés Olivier Assayas, basada en el libro del escritor brasileño Fernando Morais.

“Varios compañeros recomendaron al escritor y el cineasta que hablaran conmigo, pero a mí nadie me vino a ver y, aunque la película es más fiel a la verdad que ‘ese libro de mierda’, no deja de ser un filme comercial que se aleja bastante de la realidad porque cuenta las cosas como no fueron”, sostiene Roque.

El exagente aventura que las omisiones que contiene el filme podrían ser objeto de una demanda judicial, aunque no concretó si la emprenderá o es solo un deseo en voz alta.

“En la ficción aparezco nadando hasta la Base Naval de Guantánamo como si fuera un SEAL americano, con traje de neopreno, y la verdad es que yo nadé durante horas con una trusa remendada que había comprado cuando estudié en la Unión Soviética, unas patas de rana cosidas con alambre y una careta y snorkel inservibles”, aseguró Roque, que critica la omisión de los interrogatorios con detectores de mentira a los que fue sometido en la instalación norteamericana.

Antes de nadar, estuve escondido en el maletero de un jeep soviético GAZ-69 que estaba lleno de tornillos, tuercas y arandelas, que se me incrustaron en el cuerpo, y ya en el mar, un pez me hirió en un costado y tuve que estar hospitalizado en la base, recuerda el expiloto que fingió su deserción en 1992.

Morais, autor del libro que sirvió de base al guión de la película, “ofreció confianza a Cuba” para hacer un volumen que contribuyera a la causa de los 5 espías cubanos presos en Estados Unidos, pero encargaron de ese trabajo a Miguel Álvarez Sánchez, que “está preso aquí por ser agente de la CIA” y fue ese señor quien facilitó copia de fragmentos de expedientes al escritor brasileño.

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Woman Who Married Cuban Spy Suing JPMorgan For $57M For Hiding Country’s Cash 3

HECTOR GABINO/AP Ana Margarita Martinez won a $7.1 million judgment against the Cuban government for 'emotional distress' in 2001, after she found out her husband, Juan Pablo Roque, wasn't the man she thought he was.

HECTOR GABINO/AP
Ana Margarita Martinez won a $7.1 million judgment against the Cuban government for ’emotional distress’ in 2001, after she found out her husband, Juan Pablo Roque, wasn’t the man she thought he was.

By Dareh Gregorian, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A Miami woman who was married to a Cuban double agent wants JPMorgan Chase to pay through the nose for allegedly hiding Cuban cash.

Ana Margarita Martinez won a $7.1 million judgment against the Cuban government for “emotional distress” in 2001, after she found out her husband, Juan Pablo Roque, wasn’t the man she thought he was.

She’d met Roque in 1992, after the former Cuban Air Force major made headlines for allegedly braving shark infested waters to swim to Gitmo seeking political asylum in the U.S.

They dated for three years before getting hitched.

Unbeknownst to Martinez, Roque was an FBI snitch – and an undercover Cuban agent who’d been sent to gather intel on the Cuban exile community in Miami. She found out both after he snuck out of their home one night in 1996, and then appeared on CNN in Cuba a few days later crowing about his accomplishments.

Adding insult to injury, when asked what he missed about Miami, he said just one thing: “My Jeep.”

Martinez, who’d been born in Cuba, said she’d been completely duped. “She believed that Roque shared her anti-communist ideals,” court papers say.

A federal judge in Florida found Cuba liable for Roque’s actions, saying he was “especially offended that Cuba – a country that disregards human rights – has callously trampled the rights of one of our own citizens on our own soil in furtherance of a vile criminal conspiracy.”

Feature continues here: JPMorgan Hides Cuban Assets

JOSE GOITIA/CP Roque was an FBI snitch – and an undercover Cuban agent who'd been sent to gather intel on the Cuban exile community in Miami.

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Juan Pablo Roque was an FBI snitch – and an undercover Cuban agent who’d been sent to gather intelligence on the Cuban exile community in Miami.

 

Hijacked Cuban Planes Still Caught in Limbo 2

FILE - In this Tuesday Nov. 12, 2002 file photo, old single engine airplane are seen at a Cuban airport in Los Palacios, near Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Cuban pilot Nemencio Carlos Alonso Guerra stole a small plane, similar to these shown, and flew to Florida with seven relatives. At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 - two by hijackers, one by its pilot - all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to the gleaming shores of the U.S. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday Nov. 12, 2002 file photo, old single engine airplane are seen at a Cuban airport in Los Palacios, near Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Cuban pilot Nemencio Carlos Alonso Guerra stole a small plane, similar to these shown, and flew to Florida with seven relatives. At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 – two by hijackers, one by its pilot – all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to the gleaming shores of the U.S. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia, File)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Christine Armario  (AP) KEY WEST, Fla. — At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 — two by hijackers, one by its pilot — all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to the gleaming shores of the U.S.

Fidel Castro repeatedly demanded the planes be returned. Instead, they were seized by U.S. courts to satisfy part of a $27 million judgment won by a Cuban-American woman who had unwittingly married a Cuban spy in Miami.

The story of what happened to the planes in the ensuing years reads like another chapter in the history of stymied, contentious U.S.-Cuba relations, with the new owners unable to get the planes anywhere.

The first of the three planes to land in Key West was a yellow, Soviet-built crop-duster that pilot Nemencio Carlos Alonso Guerra used to fly seven passengers, many of them relatives, to the U.S. in November 2002.

Cuba wanted the biplane back, but a Florida judge agreed with Ana Margarita Martinez that it should be seized and sold to partially pay the judgment she was awarded under an anti-terrorism law. In 1996, her husband, Juan Pablo Roque, had fled back to Cuba after infiltrating the Miami-based anti-Castro group Brothers to the Rescue. The next day, Cuban fighter jets shot down two of the group’s Cessnas over international waters, killing four pilots.

The aging Antonov AN-2 Colt was auctioned at the Key West airport in 2003 and Martinez placed the highest bid, $7,000.

“We had a victory — we got to keep this property of the Cuban government,” Martinez said after the auction.

She hoped to sell it for a profit later but instead gave it to Cuban-American artist Xavier Cortada, who painted half of it with a colorful mural as part of an exhibit commemorating Cuba’s independence.

After the exhibit, Cortada eventually donated the plane to Florida International University, which planned to display it but couldn’t find a building to house it. Today, it deteriorates under tarps on a far corner of FIU’s campus.

Article continues here:  Hijacked Cuban planes still caught in limbo

Former FBI Informant Now Living Posh Lifestyle in Cuba 3

Gilberto Abascal’s return to the island revived allegations that he worked with both Cuban intelligence and the United States.

By Juan O. Tamayo, jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

Two years ago, Miami FBI informant Gilberto Abascal was the key prosecution witness in the trial of militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles. In 2006, he was the main informant in the weapons conviction of Posada supporter Santiago Alvarez.

Today, Abascal is back in Cuba, building a house with a swimming pool — a rare privilege on the communist-run island — driving expensive rental cars and offering a reward equivalent of two years’ average salary for information about whoever burglarized his home, according to several of his neighbors.

“He came back from Miami and is living in his family’s farm” in the village of La Julia, about 15 miles south of Havana, said a democracy advocate who lives in the nearby town of Surgidero de Batabanó and knows Abascal personally.

Abascal’s return to Cuba reinforced long-running allegations, dismissed by U.S. prosecutors, that he served as an informant for both Cuban intelligence and the FBI in targeting Posada, Alvarez and other exiles in Miami.

“This inferentially validates the conclusion that this was an individual who had a collaborative relationship with Cuban security . . . and casts a shadow on the FBI for its dealings with this guy,” said Arturo V. Hernandez, Posada’s defense attorney.

Abascal returned home from Miami more than one year ago, and has been busy improving and adding to his family’s farm, said the neighbors in Batabanó and La Julia, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation by Cuban State Security agents.

In the money now

Nicknamed “El Cano,” the pudgy, 48-year-old Abascal has bought a tractor for his family’s farm, is building a home with a pool for himself on a dirt street in La Julia, and often rents late-model cars from a government-run agency in Batabanó, where prices start at $500 per week, the neighbors said.

A sign posted outside his La Julia home last weekend offered a 10,000-peso reward — about $400, in an island where the official average monthly salary stands at 470 pesos — for information on whoever burglarized his home. Photos taken by one of the neighbors showed what was described as a security camera over his front door.

One neighbor called him “a known security agent,” and another said his family’s farm is “protected” by security officials in civilian clothes who discreetly monitor passersby.
Abascal has told acquaintances in Batabanó and La Julia that he cannot return to Miami, but gave no reasons, and travels often to Mexico and other countries to buy clothes that he then sells on the island, the neighbors told el Nuevo Herald by phone.

He could not be reached in La Julia for comment for this story, but steadily denied that he was a Cuban intelligence agent throughout the Posada and Alvarez cases. “I have never had anything to do with the Cuban government in my life,” he declared in 2006.

Abascal arrived in Miami on a small boat in 1999, and later that year was intercepted by the Coast Guard as he and a married couple headed to Cuba aboard another boat — carrying photos of a paramilitary training camp in South Florida run buy the anti-Castro group Alpha 66.

“It was highly unlikely that the three adults were Cuban agents . . . [but] they may have been, or could have been, planning to use the photographs to ‘ingratiate themselves’ with authorities in Cuba,” U.S. agents wrote in a report on the interception submitted to court during the Alvarez case.

An FBI informant

By 2001, Abascal was living in Hialeah and acting as a confidential informant for the FBI, according to court documents. The FBI and U.S. immigration officials spent almost $80,000 for his housing, food and “services,” the documents showed. The FBI declined to comment for this story.

Alvarez, a wealthy Miami real estate developer, said he met Abascal in 2002 or 2003 as part of secret contacts with Cuban men who identified themselves as officers in the island’s armed forces and opponents of the Castro government.

The “officers” were real, Alvarez said, but he always knew that Abascal was a Cuban infiltrator.

“He always asked too much. He tried to get into everything,” Alvarez said. “And when something seems too good to be true, it usually is.”

Abascal nevertheless was hired as a handyman at some of Alvarez’s properties, and turned up with Alvarez in Panama in 2004 to voice their support for Posada and three other exiles on trial on charges of plotting to assassinate then-Cuban ruler Fidel Castro.

He also volunteered often as a deckhand on Alvarez’s converted shrimper, the Santrina, and testified that he was aboard when it was used to smuggle Posada from Isla Mujeres in Mexico to Miami in March 2005, after Posada and the others were pardoned on the Panama charges.

Wanted by Cuba and Venezuela on separate terrorism charges, Posada later told U.S. immigration officials that he arrived across the U.S. land border with Mexico. U.S. prosecutors charged the CIA-trained explosives expert with 11 counts of perjury.

As the FBI investigated Alvarez’s role in the Posada arrival, the developer ordered Abascal and another of his handymen, Osvaldo Mitat, to move a cache of illegal weapons to a new hiding spot. Abascal made one call to a Miami woman believed to be his Cuban intelligence handler, then called the FBI, according to the court records.

Facing Abascal’s testimony, Alvarez and Mitat pleaded guilty to the weapons charge, and served 30 months in prison. Unidentified friends later surrendered about 60 other illegal weapons as part of the deal with prosecutors.

Abascal also was the key prosecution witness in Posada’s 2011 trial in El Paso, Texas, which saw U.S. federal prosecutors deny attorney Hernandez’s claims that the witness was a Cuban intelligence agent and was lying about Posada’s arrival on U.S. soil.

‘Like a novel’

Hernandez’s argument “reads like a John Grisham novel,’ ” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerome Teresinski objected during the trial. “’It’s fiction. He wants to put Cuba on trial. He wants to put Fidel Castro on trial. He wants to put Mr. Abascal on trial.”

A jury found Posada not guilty of perjury about how he entered the country and his role in nine bombings of Cuban tourist spots in 1997. Abascal then disappeared from the public eye — until word filtered to Miami that he was back in Cuba.

Still unclear is whether Abascal was sent to South Florida by Cuban intelligence — like the five spies convicted in 2001 and sentenced to lengthy prison terms — or ran into economic problems here and decided to sell his services to Havana and the FBI.

Court documents filed in the Alvarez and Posada cases showed Abascal wanted the FBI’s money and its help in obtaining U.S. citizenship and retaining disability payments for a workplace injury, although he had violated income-tax and other regulations.

Abascal’s sole motivation was pure, unadulterated greed,” said Chris Simmons, a retired Pentagon counterintelligence expert on Cuba who reviewed some of the documents on Abascal’s background.

But Simmons added that he has no doubt Abascal was “an agent of Cuban intelligence” prior to his arrival in Miami, and was “trained and targeted” against Alvarez, Posada, Mitat and other exiles.

“Havana’s ability to [also] run Abascal as an FBI informant is reminiscent of its past successes,” he added, like Juan Pablo Roque, a Havana spy and FBI informant who played a key role in Cuba’s shoot-down of two Brothers to the Rescue planes in 1996 that left four dead.

Eaton Wins Feature Writing Award For Piece on Cuban Spy Reply

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (08/14/2013)(ReadMedia Press Release)– Flagler College Assistant Professor of Communication Tracey Eaton was awarded a first-place award in feature writing by the Florida Society of News Editors for his 2012 story on Cuban spy Juan Pablo Roque. The piece was published by The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting in both English and in Spanish and took home the prize in the Spanish category.

I’m honored to receive the award from the Florida Society of News Editors,” said Eaton. “I am also grateful to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the non-profit bilingual news organization that distributed my story to El Nuevo Herald and other media outlets.”

Eaton’s story on the former spy can be found at Retired Spy in Brothers to the Rescue Case Lives in Obscurity

Castro Apologist Releases Latest Book on Jailed Spies 2

“What Lies Across the Water”: Revealing New Book on Cuban 5

by W. T. Whitney Jr., People’s World

Publication of Stephen Kimber’s book about Cuban anti-terrorists serving wildly extravagant terms in U.S. jails is a remarkable event. Previously appearing as an e-book, “What Lies Across the Water” is the first full-length book published in English on the so-called Cuban Five. They were arrested in Miami on Sept. 12, 1998, and a worldwide movement on their behalf is demanding their freedom. Many view them as political prisoners.

In comprehensive and convincing fashion the book explains how Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González came to be arrested, tried, and imprisoned. Its coverage of bias and legal failings that marred their prosecution and trial is adequate, but less detailed. Kimber devotes more attention to events and personalities directly affecting the Five than to the context of early anti-Cuban terror attacks and the Cuban revolution. Kimber, a journalism professor at the University of King’s College, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, drew upon news stories in the Florida, Central American, and Cuban media and read 20,000 pages of court transcripts. He interviewed officials and contacts in Florida, Cuba, and elsewhere, and also family members of the Five and the prisoners themselves, via correspondence. The author’s clear, flowing, and often seat-gripping, even entertaining, narrative is an added plus. The book is highly recommended.

Kimber starts out by confessing he was no expert on the case initially. He was about to write a novel that touched upon Cuba. Then a Cuban friend with political and intelligence experience told him that “nothing can really be resolved between Washington and Havana until they [the Five] are returned to Cuba.” So instead of writing a novel, Kimber began work on a story he realized was important and that “needed to be told by someone who didn’t already know which versions of which stories were true.”
The way Kimber‘s report unfolds serves to highlight convoluted linkages of the prisoners’ experiences and their case to the many-faceted U.S. apparatus set up to undo the Cuban revolution. Implacable, non-stop U.S. enmity sets the stage for obfuscations, contradictions, intrigue, ambiguities, and strange twists. For Kimber, the resulting atmosphere was one where “Nothing, it seems, is ever as it seems.”

For example, Cuba’s “Wasp Network” included at least 22 agents it employed in an effort to block terrorism directed against it, not just the Cuban Five, as is often assumed. Agents were posted throughout the United States, away from Florida. Some of those arrested in 1998 pled guilty and served only short sentences. Cuban agents served as FBI informants. Far from exclusively monitoring private paramilitary groups, as many assume, one Cuban Five agent did gather non-classified intelligence from a U.S. military installation. For years, the FBI monitored movements, contacts, and communications of the Five and other agents. Meanwhile, the Cuban American Nation Foundation (CANF), darling of U.S. presidents, professed non-violence, yet operated a paramilitary wing.

Even the Miami Herald, reviled by Cuba solidarity activists, gains points through its reporter Juan Tamayo, who linked Havana hotel bombings to the Cuban exile terrorist Luis Posada.

The book attests to difficulties attending intelligence gathering in the midst of all but open U.S. war against Cuba. Cuban agents were well prepared, and superior officers in Havana supervised them closely. “Compartmentalized,” they were unable usually to identify fellow agents in the United States. They relied on advanced technical skills, support from loved ones, fearlessness, their own resourcefulness, their sensitive understanding of hazardous situations, and very hard work.

Kimber‘s “What Lies across the Water” has the potential for stimulating new thinking on the case of the Five. Information it provides and the book’s fact-based style of presentation ought to persuade readers to move beyond viewing the prisoners’ fate as a sort of morality tale, one with U.S. over-reaction, prisoners’ revolutionary virtue, and suffering. The book would encourage them instead to develop a response built on considering the larger context of generalized U.S. bullying of Cuba. The book may or may not succeed in this, but in all respects it is essential reading for those either new or old to the case of the Five.

The book exerts an appeal through effective portrayals of characters so far out of the ordinary, with such bizarre purposes, as almost to defy belief. They include: Cuban agent Percy Alvarado Godoy, CANF infiltrator for years; terrorist honchos Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada; the opportunistic Brothers to the Rescue leader Jose Basulto; and even Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, message carrier to the Clinton White House. There is the flamboyant Wasp agent, pilot, unfaithful husband, and FBI informant Juan Pablo Roque, who returned to Cuba; CANF founder and Miami titan Jorge Mas Canosa; and not least, Francisco Avila Azcuy. That FBI informant, Cuban spy for 13 years, and chief of Miami’s Alpha 66 private military formation, was unusual, even in a setting where double agents were, and undoubtedly are, routine.

This book tells the tragic story of the Cuban Five. But here’s hoping it also helps re-orient energies of justice-seeking activists toward joining or rejoining a necessary fight. Their task is to take on the century-long U.S. campaign to impose domination over a Caribbean island. The agenda presently is to end the U.S. economic blockade, end campaigns of internal subversion and international isolation of Cuba, and, surely, free the Cuban Five.

“What Lies across the Water, The Real Story of the Cuban Five”
Stephen Kimber
2013, Fernwood Publishing, Canada
Paperback, $29.95 CAD

My Life is a Lifetime Movie with Ana Margarita Martinez Reply

by Reg Seeton, Deadbolt.com

Ana Margarita Martinez learns that her husband was really a Cuban spy in My Life is a Lifetime Movie.

My Life is a Lifetime Movie makes its series debut this week with the real life story of Ana Margarita Martinez who discovered that her husband was a spy for the Cuban government.

With a fresh and irreverent documentary style tone, My Life is a Lifetime Movie combines cinematic recreations and first person interviews with women in peril who recount their jaw-dropping experiences that are so astonishing and so unbelievable, it’s hard to believe they’re true. But the stories are all too real and vivid for those who lived them.

One amazing story on My Life is a Lifetime Movie is that of Ana Margarita Martinez, a twice divorced mother who thought she found her prince charming but turned out to be a Cuban spy. That’s right, a spy! When Ana Margarita met Cuban defector Juan Pablo at her local church back in the early ’90s, he was the perfect man in every way. The two quickly married and things seemed too good to be true until his frequent disappearances and trips away from home raised suspicion. When a plane rescuing Cuban refugees was shot down near Miami, Ana came to the stark realization that her storybook wedding may have been to a dark prince with even darker secrets. “I’ve always said that my life is a soap opera,” Ana Margarita told The Deadbolt ahead of the Lifetime premiere on Wednesday, “so this is very appropriate.” What happened to Ana Margarita, however, is a painful story of secrets, betrayal, denial, and a long road to recovery after being duped by someone who was supposed to be her partner for life.

My Life is a Lifetime Movie debuts Wednesday, October 17 at 10/9c on Lifetime.

In 1996, Ana’s life changed forever. One night her husband was there when they went to bed, the next minute he was gone. “I don’t remember the moment precisely,” Ana continued, “because it was a process when it first happened. He disappeared, telling me that he was going on a business trip for the weekend and that he’d be back on Sunday. He disappeared on Friday morning, 3 a.m. in the morning, and he was scheduled to return on Sunday.”

Although we all encounter the unexpected in life, Ana Margarita could never have prepared for what was about to come next. Working for Brothers to the Rescue, a Cuban-American activist organization that helped rescue refugees lost at sea, Juan Pablo had taken off for Cuba. The following day, two planes from the organization were shot down by the Cuban government, four pilots were killed, and Juan Pablo was allegedly in custody. Or was he? As the real life drama played out, it was all a ruse. Juan Pablo was a spy.

“A lot was going on all at once,” said Ana Margarita about the chaos following her husband’s disappearing act, “and he was nowhere to be found. The rumors began on Monday morning. The press showed up at my house, the FBI showed up at my house, and then I saw him [on television] disembarking a plane in Havana. That’s how I found out he was in Havana.”

So, how did Ana feel at that unbelievably shocking moment? “I saw him in that moment and I was in denial,” Ana added. “I felt that my husband had been forced to return to Cuba. He could not have gone under his own free will. He was a defector. It took therapy to come to the realization that I had been duped and accept the fact that he was actually a Cuban spy, that he was a mole in the United States and had been called back.”

After having her marriage to the spy annulled in civil court, Ana Margarita won two judgments against the Cuban government for their role in the fraud. Despite the victory, however, the debt remains unpaid to this day. Sixteen years later, ahead of My Life is a Lifetime Movie, Ana Margarita is now able to talk about her ordeal with reflective clarity. Although she’s moved on with her life and is now a stronger, much wiser woman, the wounds of betrayal still run deep.

“It’s tough to accept that someone that you spent four years of your life with, who was your partner, your best friend, and you trusted with your life and the life of your children, had a whole different life you weren’t aware of. That’s difficult to fathom. How could he have kept this deep, dark secret from me? I think the hardest thing, the most painful thing, is the sense of betrayal.”

For more on the real story of Ana Margarita Martinez, visit her official website. My Life is a Lifetime Movie premieres Wednesday, October 17 at 10pm ET on Lifetime.

The Cuban Spy Who Betrayed His Brothers 2

The sister of a victim of Cuba’s shoot-down of Brothers to the Rescue pilots is unimpressed by Juan Pablo Roque’s recent interview.

By Maggie Alejandre Khuly
Why after more than 16 years of silence is Juan Pablo Roque now talking about the Feb. 24 shoot-down? Roque spoke to journalist Tracey Eaton from his home in Havana; they talked about the four years that Roque spent in the United States and his present life in Cuba. They also discussed the shoot-down by Cuban MiGs of two American civilian aircraft in 1996. Roque, a former Cuban MiG pilot, had defected to the United States in 1992. He adapted well to life within Miami’s Cuban-American community and became a member of Brothers to the Rescue (BTTR) as a civilian pilot volunteer in the group’s search-and-rescue missions for Cuban rafters.

But the reality was another; Roque was a double-agent working for the Cuban government. On Feb. 23, 1996, Roque fled the United States to make his way back to the island. The following day two small, unarmed BTTR planes were shot down over international waters while looking for Cuban rafters. Three Americans and one U.S. resident were murdered when their planes were downed without previous warning, in egregious violation of international law.

Carlos A. Costa, Armando Alejandre Jr., Mario M. de la Peña and Pablo Morales were killed. On Feb. 26, Roque went before Cuban television and gave his version of the shoot-down. He detailed his disenchantment with the United States and what he described as the anti-Cuban government nature of the Miami Cuban-American community. The interview confirmed suspicions that Roque’s disappearance was related to the downing, later verified with his indictment as a member of the Wasp Network (Red Avispa), a Cuban espionage ring working in the United States and exposed in 1998.

Why did Roque agree to this interview? Does he want to reclaim the “persona’’ that was lost when, as an exposed spy, he was out of a job? Is he still resentful because the Cuban government apparently would never trust him to again fly an airplane? Is he, unconvincingly, trying to mend fences with a community he betrayed?

Story Continues:  The Cuban Spy Who Betrayed His Brothers

New Series Will Feature Cuban Spy’s Ex-Wife Reply

MIAMI STORY TO PREMIERE ON LIFETIME TELEVISION SERIES

The story of Ana Margarita Martinez will be told mini-documentary style on the new series.

(Miami, FL – October 2012) – The story of Ana Margarita Martinez, a Miami woman who was married to Cuban spy Juan Pablo Roque, was chosen to launch a new series on the new Lifetime series “My Life is a Lifetime Movie”. The series will feature her story on its first episode Wednesday, October 17th at 10:00 p.m. The “My Husband was a Cuban Spy” segment will run that evening from 10:30 to 11:00 p.m. EST.

Ana Margarita Martinez was a divorced mother of two when she met Juan Pablo Roque at her church in Coral Gables. After a three-year relationship, they married and she finally had her white picket fence. Roque – a hero in the community until then because of his dramatic “defection” from Cuba (later learned to have been staged), was a model husband who also won her young children’s hearts.

On February 23, 1996, he left for an alleged business trip and turned up in Cuba just two days after Cuban MiG’s shot down two U.S. civilian planes killing four volunteer pilots and co-pilots in a Brothers to the Rescue search and rescue mission – an organization to which her then husband, a former Cuban MiG, had been a member. Juan Pablo Roque’s marriage to her had been part of his cover – and a sham, making Ana Margarita and her children a part of the Machiavelic espionage plan. Ana Margarita watched in horror as her husband reappeared on the CNN News disembarking a Cubana de Aviación airplane in Havana after the shoot-down. It was soon discovered that he was a spy for the Cuban government, as well as a paid informant for the FBI.

Three years after Roque returned to Cuba, Ana Margarita – who had by then annulled her marriage to the Cuban spy in a civil court of law – won two judgments against the Cuban government for their role in the fraud. The debt is still unpaid. In her personal battle against the Cuban government, Ana Margarita has seized three Cuban airplanes that have arrived at U.S. territory as partial payment to her judgment. Her story has circulated the globe.

In February of 2010, lawyers for Ana Margarita filed motions to garnish eight charter companies that do business with the Cuban government in order to collect the legal debt ordered by a circuit court judge. Those ongoing proceedings thrust her into the news again. The Obama Administration intervened in this judicial process, representing the interests of the Cuban government against Martinez, a U.S.-born citizen. The administration’s actions, totally dismissing the 2001 existing judgment against the terrorist state, not only justify the spy’s activity, sexual battery and torture, but also show a dangerous precedent to the U.S. blocking court orders against terrorist states, which is to serve as a deterrent.

The Lifetime Television series has a mini-documentary style format and is told in the voice of the protagonist.

A viewing party for “My Husband was a Cuban Spy” will be held at Wednesday, October 17th at 8:30 p.m. at Miss Yip Chinese Bistro located at 900 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.

For more information, call Elaine de Valle at (786) 853-8724 or visit www.anamargaritamartinez.com.

Cuban Spy Not a Mad Dog Reply

Marion Pruett and I   sat at a small table, facing each other. He was on Death Row for the 1981 killing of a convenience store clerk in Arkansas. Later he told police:  I pulled in and was going to get gas and I   seen that there was a girl working there by herself and I said well hell, I   think I’ll just rob her and kill her so that’s what I done. I asked if he’d   kill again. I remember him saying something like this:  Put it this way. If there were a gun on the   table and you pissed me off, I’d blow your head off. No wonder his nickname was “Mad Dog.” I interviewed Pruett for The Coloradoan in Fort Collins, Colo. Authorities accused him of killing at least four other people, including his wife.  I asked about his childhood. He told me he fell off the back steps of his house when he was a boy. A Coke bottle he was holding broke and a shard of glass took out an eye. His life evidently went downhill from there. Pruett blamed his troubles on drugs. He wanted me to believe there was some good inside him somewhere. I wondered what his family thought. Don’t talk to my father, he warned. But I couldn’t do the story without talking to his family and relatives of people he killed. I wanted the full story, not just his side of it. I got his father on the phone. He told me his son was a rotten human being. Some 15 years later, on April 12, 1999, the state of Arkansas killed Mad Dog with a lethal injection. I wasn’t sorry about that. He was scum, a selfish, simple-minded cold-blooded bastard who killed people to support a drug habit. And the world is better off without him.

 

Other stories I’ve done over the years have been less serious, like the one about the boa constrictor that popped out of a woman’s toilet while she was on the seat. Other stories are more complicated, and they’re not all black and white, at least not to me. Take the case of Juan Pablo Roque, the former spy. He killed no one. At least he didn’t pull the trigger.

Story continues here:  http://alongthemalecon.blogspot.com/2012/10/cuban-spy-not-mad-dog.html