First, a federal judge allowed convicted American spy Rene Gonzalez, who spied for Cuba’s dictatorship and was part of a conspiracy that resulted in the murder of four innocent Americans, to travel to Cuba to visit relatives while serving the probation portion of his sentence. Then, a federal judge offered Gonzalez the option of staying in Cuba permanently if he renounced his American citizenship.
Of course, the traitorous American took the judge’s offer and has decided to renounce his citizenship, which now allows him to spend the rest of his life surrounded by family members; an option the families of his murdered victims will never have.
But as you can see below, Gonzalez did not take this generous offer without first offering up some incredibly cynical remarks.
Convicted Cuban Spy Renounces U.S. Citizenship, Will Stay In Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba (CBS4) – Unlike thousands of Cubans who visit the U.S, Interests Section in Havana hoping to leave the island, Rene Gonzalez showed up to the U.S. diplomatic mission Monday accompanied by his attorney to renounce his U.S. citizenship so he can stay in Cuba permanently.
“It’s a conscious decision,” Gonzalez told CBS News in Havana. “I did it on my own will. I have people in the U.S. who I love. I don’t have a grudge against the United States as a country.”
Gonzalez is one of five Cuban agents convicted in 2001 of spying on U.S. military installations and Cuban exile groups.
After serving 12 years in prison, he was allowed to return to Cuba for his father’s funeral. A federal judge later allowed him to stay on the island as long as he gave up his U.S. citizenship.“I’m not happy about it,” Gonzalez, who was born in Chicago, said about renouncing his U.S. citizenship. “It’s just that I had to choose between my family and my country and my people and something else and I had to do it. I’ve been preparing for this for maybe two years because we tried to do this even before I left the prison but for some reason the prosecutors decided they should punish me a little more so they always opposed my request to give up my citizenship in exchange for coming to Cuba.”
Asked if he felt he was abandoning the other Cuban Five spies, Gonzalez replied, “No, on the contrary I believe that my return gives them hope.”
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