During the Moscow show-trials that headlined Stalin’s Great Terror most of Stalin’s (utterly innocent*) victims confessed to every outrageous charge Andrei Vishinsky shrieked against them. Some even thanked their prosecutor!
Are we getting there with the hapless Alan Gross in Cuba? Where Vishinsky’s legal system is proudly preserved?
Though you’d never guess this from today’s Reuters story, above Gross is posing with the very Castroite apparatchiks who spied on him from day one and testified against him.
But it gets better. Here’s how Reuters’ Daniel Trotta describes the transgressions of the KGB-trained spies and accessories to multiple-murder known as “The Cuban Five:”
“Cuba previously had more directly sought to link Gross’s incarceration to the cases of the so-called Cuban Five, unregistered agents who were caught spying on Cuban exile groups in Florida that opposed the communist government in Havana.”
(* I write “utterly innocent” meaning of the charges Stalin and Vishinsky leveled against them. Faithful communists and blood-soaked apparatchiks of a murderous system they (the founding Bolsheviks, including Trotsky) certainly deserved their fate–but not at the bloody hands of their own partners in crime. Same applied to General Arnaldo Ochoa. )