U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, on Monday called convicted spy René González a "villian," and said it was "deeply concerning" that he's set to be released from prison.
González, a pilot imprisoned for 13 years for spying on anti-Castro groups in Miami, will be released Friday. He is the first of the so-called "Cuban Five" agents to be released from prison. González, a dual U.S.-Cuban citizen, must serve his three years of probation in the United States, a judge has ruled, possibly in South Florida where he and four colleagues were found guilty of conspiring to infiltrate Cuban exile groups and a U.S. military complex.
"René González, like the regime he serves, is an enemy of America," Ros-Lehtinen said. "He has American blood on his hands and dedicated his life to harming our country on behalf of a regime that is a state sponsor of terrorism. René González is hailed as a hero in Cuba for his acts against the United States. His supervised release must have the most stringent monitoring and safeguards attached to it. The Obama Administration needs to take every precaution to protect U.S. security and the American people from this enemy of our nation."
As soon as the 55-year-old González is released from a federal prison in North Florida, his lawyer said he will renew his client’s request to serve the supervised release in Cuba so he can be reunited with his wife and two daughters -- a bid that prosecutors in Miami strongly oppose.