Los Angeles Times (via The Seattle Times): MIAMI — U.S. officials on Monday accused a Florida university professor and his wife of acting as Cuban spies for more than two decades — sending Fidel Castro’s intelligence agency encrypted reports about American officials, FBI agents and anti-Castro groups, and attempting to recruit Cuban-Americans as agents.

In an indictment unsealed in federal court, Carlos Alvarez, 61, and Elsa Alvarez, 55, were charged with acting as agents of a foreign power without registering with the U.S. government, as is required by law. If convicted, each could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined $250,000. | story


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