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Collateral abuse in the “Russian agent” case

Collateral Abuse in the “Russian Agent” Case


Traducido a español por Manuel Cedeño Berrueta y Manuel Talens, de Tlaxcala

Elian González with his father, Juan Miguel González

It’s a well known fact that for a child, emotional trauma is every bit as damaging as the physical kind and often considerably more difficult to treat, given the fact that it leaves no physical marks.  In the news about the tenth anniversary of Elian’s return to his father in Cuba there was a remarkable quote from Elian himself.  Speaking about the Miami relatives who put him on display like a miniature human trophy and spared no effort to prevent his return to the father he’d been taken from without permission, he said, “Even though they didn’t support us in everything…I have no bitterness.”  For Elian to emerge without bitterness after such suffering is a testament to the family who raised him and the society surrounding them.

Thinking of perfectly avoidable childhood trauma, one has to wonder about the U.S. government’s motivations in its warp-speed roundup of accused Russian agents, the majority of whom were also parents. Continue reading

U.S. government interfered to impose agreement on Vicky Peláez

Vicky Peláez

“The agreement was imposed on Vicky Peláez,” says her attorney español

BBC Mundo

Translation: Machetera

Carlos Moreno, lawyer for the Peruvian journalist Vicky Peláez, said that the accord by which his client confessed to being a spy for Russia was “imposed” by Washington and Moscow and “has nothing to do with the evidence” available to the prosecution.

Shortly after the end of the court hearing against the ten people accused of making up a network of Russian spies, in which the group’s expulsion was decided, Moreno told BBC Mundo that his client had no other option but to accept.

Moreno guesses that the expulsion to Russian will be hardest for Peláez, since she’s the only one in the group who is not a Russian citizen and she must leave her journalistic career behind, something that according to the attorney created “an environment of political persecution” against his client.

Is the defense satisfied with the resolution of the case?

The resolution of this case has nothing to do with the evidence, but with an agreement imposed on the prosecutor, the defense attorneys, and even the Southern District Court by the United States.  It is an agreement between the U.S. government and the Russian Federation.

You say that the executive branch interfered with the judicial process?

That’s my interpretation, because when there’s a negotiation process between the prosecution and the defense attorneys, the process involves just those two parties; there’s no third or fourth participant.  In this case, there was a third participant: the U.S. government, not represented by the prosecution but rather, by the executive branch.  And there were also representatives from the Russian Federation. Continue reading

The political persecution of Vicky Peláez

Son of Peruvian Journalist Arrested in United States Denounces Persecution español

Translation: Machetera


Lima, June 29 (Prensa Latina) – Waldo Mariscal, the oldest son of the Peruvian-U.S. journalist, Vicky Peláez, arrested and accused of espionage in the United States, is convinced that his mother is a victim of political persecution.

This was reported on Manuel Avendaño’s radio program in Lima.  Avendaño is a journalist for the Spanish daily La Prensa in New York, a colleague of Peláez, who said he was surprised by the capture of his colleague. Continue reading

U.S. to accused Russian agents: Do as we say, not as we do

Journalist Critical of U.S. Government Accused of Spying

M.H. Lagarde – Cambios en Cuba – español

English translation: Machetera

Vicky Peláez, the Peruvian journalist who writes for the Hispanic newspaper El Diario/La Prensa in New York, is among 10 people arrested under the accusation of presumably working for undercover Russian agents in the United States.

Authorities confirmed that Peláez was arrested along with her husband, Juan Lázaro, on Sunday at their residence in Yonkers, a suburb of New York City. Continue reading

Vicky Peláez caught in U.S. dragnet

Vicky Peláez was the only Spanish language journalist in New York worth a damn.  So naturally something had to be done about her.  She and her husband are the sore thumbs in this story and you have to wonder if the mighty U.S. Justice Department wasn’t running a twofer (or in this case a ten-fer) that swept Vicky off the press desk at El Diario/La Prensa so that even if she is ultimately exonerated, her career will be destroyed.  Eva Golinger has the story.

BREAKING NEWS: United States Arrests Ten Supposed “Russian Spies,” a Journalist Among Them español

Eva Golinger

English translation: Machetera

Caracas, June 28, 2010 – Last week, President Barack Obama shared a typical “American” meal with the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev.  Between hamburgers and Coca-Colas, the two heads of state smiled and proclaimed their relationship “stable” and “better than ever.”  Medvedev even sent photos via Twitter of his pleasant meal with his U.S. counterpart.  He didn’t expect that just a few days later, the Cold War would be resuscitated. Continue reading