U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding the release of convicted Cuban spy Fernando Gonzalez from a U.S. prison. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"It's extremely disappointing that as we commemorate the anniversary of the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown this week, Fernando Gonzalez, a convicted Cuban spy, will be released from a U.S. prison. The criminal actions of the Cuban Five against our homeland in the 1996 shootdown led to the deaths of three U.S. citizens and one resident.
"The Castro regime has intensified its brutal repression on the island and continues to threaten our national security, as illustrated by its violation of international agreements when it tried to ship military equipment to North Korea, and now allegedly allowing a Russian spy ship to dock in Havana. Gonzalez and his fellow convicted spies have blood on their hands for following orders from the Castro brothers, who will use this release from prison as a propaganda coup."