When the FBI arrested ten Cubans in Miami in 1998, accusing them of espionage and failing to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, Miami’s media immediately went into action, with headlines that screamed “Spies Among Us” and “Experts Claim That Cuba Sells Information Gathered by Spies.” When the accused finally went to trial in the late fall of 2000 and early 2001, Miami’s rocket scientists had added another charge to the original indictment – that of conspiracy to commit murder – in relation to Cuba’s shootdown of the Brothers to the Rescue aircraft who had defied every warning from both U.S. and Cuban governments in order to repeatedly trespass into Cuban airspace. For the court case, the media went into overdrive. Continue reading
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