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Spy’s Wife Was Democrat Senator’s Aide

Just one of the telling tidbits one finds in this (admiring) piece from Washington Post:

Walter Kendall Myers and his wife, Gwendolyn, allegedly told an undercover FBI agent that their hope was to take their yacht to Cuba, "to sail home."

A Slow Burn Becomes a Raging Fire

By Mary Beth Sheridan and Del Quentin Wilber
Sunday, June 7, 2009

He was a courtly State Department intelligence analyst from a prominent family who loved to sail and peruse the London Review of Books. Occasionally, he would voice frustration with U.S. policies, but to his liberal neighbors in Northwest D.C. it was nothing out of the ordinary. "We were all appalled by the Bush years," one said.

What Walter Kendall Myers kept hidden, according to documents unsealed in court Friday, was a deep and long-standing anger toward his country, an anger that allegedly made him willing to spy for Cuba for three decades.

"I have become so bitter these past few months. Watching the evening news is a radicalizing experience," he wrote in his diary in 1978, referring to what he described as greedy U.S. oil companies, inadequate health care and "the utter complacency of the oppressed" in America. On a trip to Cuba, federal law enforcement officials said in legal filings, Myers found a new inspiration: the communist revolution.

Myers, 72, and his wife, Gwendolyn, 71, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of conspiracy, being agents of a foreign government and wire fraud. Their arrest left friends and former colleagues slack-jawed, unable to square the man depicted in the indictment with the witty intellectual with a prep-school background they knew. The Myerses never talked about Cuba or gave any hint of subversive activities, acquaintances said.

"Anyone who knows him finds it baffling and finds this completely out of character," said David P. Calleo, director of European studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a friend of Myers for nearly 40 years. "He has this amazing intellectual curiosity. He is open to all kinds of ideas." …

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in an article published yesterday on the CubaDebate Web site that, if news reports about the Myerses were true, "I can’t help but admire their disinterested and courageous conduct on behalf of Cuba."

The State Department and intelligence community are investigating how much damage the alleged spying may have done. Myers had worked as a European political expert for more than 20 years at the State Department, and had been associated with its Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1988 until his retirement in 2007.

James Cason, who headed the U.S. interests section in Cuba from 2002 to 2005, said the case is serious because Myers had one of the highest clearances. "If you can get someone into the intelligence bureau, you can have access to everyone’s intelligence, not only ours but of allies. The question is, what did they [Cuba] do with it?" he said. "Did it stay with them, or was it given to other countries, as well?" …

In 1978, Myers visited Cuba for two weeks, authorities said. He told his supervisors that he had been invited there for an academic trip by the country’s United Nations mission. But his guide while on the island was a Cuban intelligence officer, authorities said…

"Everything I hear about Fidel suggests that he is a brilliant and charismatic leader," Myers wrote, according to the documents.

The diary entries record his impressions of a visit to a museum, where Myers learned about "the historic interventions of the U.S. into Cuban affairs, including the systematic and regular murdering of revolutionary leaders." It "left me with a lump in my throat," he wrote.

The following year, Myers moved to South Dakota, apparently to teach, friends said. He lived with a woman who would soon become his second wife, Gwendolyn Trebilcock, a legislative aide for then-Sen. John Abourezk (D) in her home town of Aberdeen

An official from the Cuban mission visited the couple in South Dakota and recruited them, officials say. He asked Myers to join the State Department or the CIA, authorities said. Gwendolyn Myers would later tell an undercover FBI agent, posing as a Cuban operative, that her husband chose State because he was not "a very good liar." The CIA required regular polygraph tests, Myers said

It was not clear whether the Myerses ever learned Spanish

In November 2006, Kendall Myers’s frustration with U.S. policy boiled over. In what he apparently thought was an off-the-record gathering at Johns Hopkins, he assailed the Bush administration’s treatment of one of its closest allies, Britain.

"We typically ignore them and take no notice. . . . It’s a sad business," Myers told the audience. The British press reported it

The couple had found an outlet from stress in recent years. They would drive to a marina in the Anne Arundel County town of Galesville on weekends and set out on their yacht. Two years ago, they traded up to a boat with teak decks, according to Nancy Bray, general manager of Hartge Yacht Harbor…

Despite what the couple described as their paranoia about detection, court documents reveal that they readily opened up to an FBI undercover agent who approached Kendall Myers on Massachusetts Avenue NW in April. The agent told Myers that a Cuban intelligence agent had sent him. They went on to meet another three times, along with Myers’s wife.

The couple told the agent they eventually wanted to sail to Cuba, according to the court documents.

"Our idea," said Kendall Myers, "is to sail home."

Mr. Myers was appalled by the US policies circa 1978? Wasn’t Mr. Carter the President at that time? And did he not enjoy a large Democrat majority in Congress?

How much more communism and one party rule did he want?

Also, he blames greedy oil companies, which in 1978 would have meant OPEC, would it not?

What an intellectual.

By the way, as anyone can tell you who has sailed in the Caribbean, if you try to sail to the Cuban paradise you are likely to be shot at and certain to be arrested.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Spy’s Wife Was Democrat Senator’s Aide”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    There is a pattern building here……the lefts’ disconnection with the US and the outright treasonous acts perpetrated by them against us. All in the in the name of “Wealth Redistribution” and “Minority Secular Progressiveness”.
    All of it meaning that the majority has no more of a say in this government and what the government does, it does for your own good.
    “We know what is best for you and don’t make waves”.

    Nothing will hapen to Mr. and Ms. Myers because they are democraps and the GOP are spineless thumb suckers with no brass balls!!

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    So .. what’s the big deal!?!?

    We got a president who’s our enemies biggest ally and cheerleader; so this spy stuff is soooooo yesterday.

    And let’s not even get started with the Pelosi thing (and/or Reid) ….

    • jobeth says:

      “We got a president who’s our enemies biggest ally and cheerleader;”

      Yeah…and he has ALL the secrets…er…make that All the FORMER secrets.

  3. Petronius says:

    So these two communist spies operated successfully for over 30 years under the noses of the U.S. Government. And we’re supposed to believe that this same Government is smart enough to run the entire American medical industry, auto industry, banking, mortgage, and insurance industries? Yeah, right.

  4. TwilightZoned says:

    “I have become so bitter these past few months. Watching the evening news is a radicalizing experience,” he wrote in his diary in 1978, referring to what he described as greedy U.S. oil companies, inadequate health care and “the utter complacency of the oppressed” in America.

    Is it me, or is every radical bitter? And why do they always find unsuitable ways to cure what angers them? This idiot could have gotten involved in hundreds of POSITIVE ways, but instead decided to hurt EVERY single American citizen by spying.

    Maybe we should ship his a$$ to Cuba to live out the remainder of his sorry life. Then maybe he can figure out what real oppression and inadequate health care is all about. For further punishment Michael Moore will be his roommate.

  5. catie says:

    Of course these fools in NW DC were “appalled” by the Bush administration. They’re all socialists and hate Republicans. I had a friend who lived up there for a year and hated it. She was Dick Lugar’s aide (I know he’s really a RINO) and she said her neighbors were abhorrent. She moved out when her lease was up.

  6. Colonel1961 says:

    The early paragraph reminds me of: ‘How could Nixon have won – I don’t know anyone who voted for him?’


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