Freedom Socialist editorial
Cuban Five win release of secret documents
volume 34
issue 5
October 2013

At long last, the U.S. State Department has been ordered by a federal district court to turn over secret documents about its criminal conduct in the renowned case of the Cuban Five. Specifically, the U.S. government secretly paid Miami-based journalists who were reporting on the trial to turn the public, including the un-sequestered jury, against the defendants.

Fifteen years ago the FBI arrested five Cuban men on phony espionage charges. The five, two of them U.S. citizens, were expeditiously tried, convicted and sentenced to long terms. Their crime? Infiltrating right-wing Cuban-American exile groups and reporting their planned terror attacks to the FBI. Already more than 3,000 Cubans had been killed. The men expected the FBI to thwart the attacks. Instead it arrested the five.

Their trial in 2000 was a travesty. Defense witnesses were intimidated, and key evidence on the terrorist activities of those the five monitored was excluded. And much of the prosecution evidence was “classified” and is still being kept from the defense.

This recent Sept. 15 court decision, the result of a lawsuit by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, will undoubtedly reenforce the worldwide movement to free the Cuban Five. To help, visit

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