Thanks to Obama’s disastrous Cuba policy, a Cuban spy convicted and imprisoned for his role in the murder of American pilots over the Florida Straits went free and has now been promoted to Cuba’s communist State Council.
Cuba Promotes Killer Spy Freed, Made a Father by Obama
The Cuban government appointed Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, the only individual arrested in relation to the murder of four American citizens by the Castro regime in 1996, to the State Council, a national regime entity, on Thursday.
The move represents a promotion for the spy, who until this week led the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs), Cuba’s specialized neighborhood espionage network.
Hernández was a member of the “Cuban Five,” a spy collective sent to infiltrate pro-democracy groups in Miami. He was serving two life sentences and 15 years in prison for conspiracy to murder when then-President Barack Obama freed him in 2014, allowing them to return to Cuba to a hero’s welcome.
In addition to liberating Hernández despite his role in the murder of four Americans, the Obama administration helped Cuban agents smuggle Hernández’s sperm out of the American jail where he was serving his sentence to use in artificially inseminating his wife in Cuba. It remains unclear to this day if American taxpayers’ dollars were spent in the endeavor.
Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power, the rubber-stamp communist legislature, voted in favor of promoting Hernández to the State Council on Thursday. The National Assembly meets only twice a year; the State Council operates as the legislature for routine ordinances and legal issues at other times and has the power to call the National Assembly into session. This means Hernández now officially has the power to draft laws.
Hernández, according the Communist Party propaganda outlet CubaDebate, worked in Angola in the 1980s, when Fidel Castro sent Cuban soldiers to fight and die alongside communists in the African nation. He later accepted a mission to intercept and harm pro-democracy American groups in Miami, where an American court found him guilty of helping the Castro regime kill four American citizens.
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