Posted: Jul 16, 2010 11:19 AM by Breanna Biehl
Updated: Jul 16, 2010 11:34 AM
A federal judge on Friday sentenced a former State Department worker who is the great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell to life in prison without possibility of parole for spying for Cuba and sentenced the man's wife to more than 5 years behind bars for helping her husband steal U.S. secrets.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers betrayed the United States for three decades and should receive heavy punishment for having done so.
In a 10-minute explanation to the judge of his conduct, Kendall Myers said his goal was to pass along information about U.S. policies toward Cuba, a nation that he said feared the United States because of its opposition to the Cuban government.
Kendall Myers, 73, said he stole secrets with no intent to harm the United States.
The judge said he was "perplexed" at how Myers could have the notion that he was not hurting the U.S., given the level of antagonism between the two countries.
"The Cuban people feel threatened" and "they have good reason to feel threatened" because the U.S. has pursued a policy of regime change in Cuba, Myers replied.