National Press Club

"Cuban Five" subject of June 4 Newsmaker

May 28, 2014 | By Herb Perrone |

The Cuban Five and their impact on U.S.-Cuba relations will be discussed at a Club Newsmaker by Martin Garbus, a trial lawyer and member of the Cuban Five legal team who represents Gerardo Hernandez, currently serving a double life plus 15-year sentence; and Stephen Kimber, the Canadian author of "What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five."

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4 in the Lisagor Room.

They will be in Washington participating in "5 Days for the Cuban 5," a week of events designed to bring attention to the Cuban Five, who were among a group of Cuban intelligence agents dispatched to Florida in the 1990s to infiltrate Miami-based militant exile groups believed to be plotting terrorist attacks against Cuba.

The U.S. government arrested the five agents, three of whom remain in prison after being convicted of crimes.

There has been speculation in diplomatic circles that Havana might consider releasing imprisoned American Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year sentence for "crimes against the state," in exchange for the release of the remaining Cuban Five prisoners.

Like all Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and Club members. It is free of charge, and no advance registration is necessary.