New Book Says Cuban Five Posed No Security Risk to U.S.

02/04/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk with the author of a new book about a group of five Cubans who are imprisoned in the US. They say they were spying on Cuban exile terrorist groups in Florida and elsewhere….

And we’ll meet a man born in Tampa- who went on to become one of the most prominent civil rights activists of the 1960’s. He’s devoted his life to discuss the power of non-violence- as a way to fight injustice…..

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Our first guest today is Steven Kimber, he’s a journalist and professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada. He’s the author of a new book called What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five.

According to Wikipedia: "The Cuban Five (Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González) are five Cuban intelligence officers convicted in Miami of conspiracy to commit espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, acting as an agent of a foreign government, and other illegal activities in the United States. The Five were in the United States to observe and infiltrate the U.S. Southern Command and the Cuban-American groups Alpha 66, the F4 Commandos, the Cuban American National Foundation, and Brothers to the Rescue."


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