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US wins release of spy held for years in Cuba jail

Cuban who spied for US wins freedom after years as prisoner; release part of thaw in relations
Ken Dilanian, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - This much is known about the Cuban man who spied for the United States and was released Wednesday in a historic prisoner swap: He had access to closely held intelligence information at the highest levels of the Cuban government.

His information was so good, officials said Wednesday, that it helped American authorities ferret out a number of Cuban spies in the United States, including two senior U.S. government officers who were among Cuba's most prolific operatives.

Cuba releasing spy for US in move to restore ties

Cuba releasing spy for US imprisoned for nearly 20 years; move is part of push to restore ties
Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Cuba is releasing a U.S. spy imprisoned for nearly 20 years in the communist country, Obama administration officials said Wednesday, as part of the effort to restore diplomatic relations.

The spy is a non-American man whose identity remains secret, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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