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Cuba releases new photos of Fidel Castro meeting with five spies

Fidel Castro meets with the “Cuban Five,” at his home in Havana, Cuba. The official press on Monday published photographs of the meeting, which took place on Saturday. The five agents, labeled as heroes in Cuba, are: Fernando González, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero y Gerardo Hernández.
Fidel Castro meets with the “Cuban Five,” at his home in Havana, Cuba. The official press on Monday published photographs of the meeting, which took place on Saturday. The five agents, labeled as heroes in Cuba, are: Fernando González, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero y Gerardo Hernández. Handout

The Cuban government on Monday released new photos of Fidel Castro and the five Cuban agents who were imprisoned in the sUnited States on espionage convictions.

The gathering, which took place Saturday in Castro’s home, was published in official media Monday accompanied by photographs of the meeting.

The five men, labeled as heroes in Cuba, are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez. They were arrested in 1998 as part of a “Wasp” network operating out of Miami. The were convicted and sentenced to long prison terms in 2001. Two members of the group — René González and Fernando González — served their sentences and returned to Cuba. The other three were released on Dec. 17, as part of a new accord between Washington and Havana to restore diplomatic relations.

In exchange, Cuba released long-held American Alan Gross, who was jailed in Cuba on espionage charges, and an unidentified Cuban spy the Obama administration said had worked for the United States.

The so-called “Cuban Five” were honored on Feb. 24 in Havana with the title of Hero of the Republic of Cuba.

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