Spy testifies; orders given to infiltrate
U.S. military installations
MIAMI (AP) -- An admitted spy testified in an espionage trial that he was
orders from the Cuban government to penetrate U.S. military installations in
Joseph Santos said in court Friday that he and his wife received orders
Gerardo Hernandez to gather information from the U.S. Southern Command,
which controls military operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. He said
they were largely unsuccessful but filed at least one report on the complex.
Hernandez and four other Cubans are on trial in Florida, accused of being
members of a Cuban spy ring that targeted military installations and infiltrated
anti-Fidel Castro exile groups.
Santos testified that a Cuban military intelligence document decoded by
contained comments made by Hernandez. He said he was introduced to
Hernandez in December 1998 and was told Hernandez would be his supervisor.
Hernandez faces a possible life sentence if convicted of charges including
murder conspiracy and espionage conspiracy.
Santos is serving a four-year prison sentence. He and his wife, Amarylis
Santos, pleaded guilty in February to espionage charges