[Ppnews] Ex-US govt employee indicted on Cuba spy charge
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Thu Apr 25 16:34:20 EDT 2013
Ex-US govt employee indicted on Cuba spy charge
AFP Updated April 26, 2013, 6:01 am
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has indicted a former State
Department employee now living in Sweden with conspiracy to commit
espionage for Cuba, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Justice officials said that Marta Rita Velazquez, 55, allegedly helped
to "spot, assess and recruit US citizens" in sensitive national security
positions to serve as Cuban intelligence agents.
One of those citizens was Ana Belen Montes, 55, currently serving a
25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in March 2002 of
conspiracy to spy on behalf of Cuba's communist regime.
If convicted, Velazquez faces a sentence of up to life in prison, the
Justice Department said in a statement.
A Puerto Rico native educated at prestigious American schools, Velazquez
worked for the State Department's international development arm USAID
from 1989 until 2002, when she left the country and never returned.
A grand jury returned an indictment against her in February 2004, but it
remained sealed until it was opened Thursday in US District Court in
The Justice Department said Velazquez, also known as "Marta Rita Kviele"
and "Barbara," is currently living in Stockholm, but its statement made
no mention of any request to Sweden for her extradition.
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