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Accused Cuba spy 'sought to be US envoy to Northern Ireland' ^ | June 10, 2009 | Toby Harnden

Posted on 06/14/2009 9:23:26 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Kendall Myers, 72, who appeared in federal court in Washington on Wednesday charged with spying for Havana for nearly 30 years, had a fascination with Northern Ireland.

The Daily Telegraph has established that as well as seeking the envoy's post, which carried the rank of ambassador, Mr Myers travelled to the British Isles and met British and Irish officials, senior Northern Ireland politicians and intelligence officers. ....

"Anything this guy could have found from his European responsibilities he might have funnelled to the Cubans for them to sell off," said John Bolton, a former top State Department official in the Bush administration. ....

The IRA's ties to Cuba were highlighted in 2001 when three of its members were arrested in Bogota on suspicion of training FARC narco-terrorists in the Columbia jungle. One of them, Niall Connolly, was a resident of Havana who had acted as Sinn Fein's representative in Cuba.

In 2001, Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein, the IRA's political wing, met President Fidel Castro in Cuba. The FBI believes that Mr Myers and his wife Gwendolyn, 71, who is also accused of spying and appeared in court with her husband, met Mr Castro in Cuba in 1995.

Mr Myers, who retired a year early in 2007, drew public attention in 2006 when he mocked the "special relationship" between Britain and the US as a "one-sided" affair in which we "typically ignore them".

During a talk as the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he was an adjunct professor, he even said that he hoped Britain would decouple itself from the US – a startling statement from an American official.

"In a certain sense I hope they break it with us because rather personally I want to see the British more closely attached to Europe."

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TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: adams; britain; castro; connolly; cuba; europe; eussr; farc; fidelcastro; gerryadams; ira; ireland; kendallmyers; myers; niallconnolly; northernireland; sinnfein

1 posted on 06/14/2009 9:23:26 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Irish band plays "Battle of New Orleans"


2 posted on 06/14/2009 9:35:24 PM PDT by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote,
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Oh boy, wait till the boys hear this one.

3 posted on 06/14/2009 10:58:05 PM PDT by AliVeritas ( Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: familyop

Ironically, it was the incompetence of an Irish Officer, Lt Col Thomas Mullins of the 2nd (Irish) Battalion 44th regiment of foot who was probably chiefly responsible for British failure at New Orleans, because he failed to ensure the assaulting troops were adequately supplied with ropes and ladders....

He was cashiered in disgrace at the end of the war...

4 posted on 06/15/2009 12:13:04 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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