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US released three Cuban spies of Wasp Network

Dec 19, 2014 15:25 IST

Wasp Network: Five member espionage team of Cuba

Wasp Network was in news recently because the United States in third week of December 2014 released three Cuban spies of this network. These spies were released as part of announcement restoring diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba after more than 50 years of enmity.

The Wasp Network is a spy ring of Cuba that included five members of a 14 member espionage team called La Red Avipsa.

The Wasp Network was engaged in a wide range of activities, including locating vulnerable points of entry into the state of Florida for the importation of arms and explosives, infiltration of the US Southern Command, and the attempted subversion of anti-Communist organizations in the US.

In 2001, five members of spies of Cuba were convicted of being unregistered foreign agents, and three also were found guilty of espionage conspiracy for failed efforts to obtain military secrets from the US Southern Command headquarters.

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