INS OFFICIAL ACCUSED OF SPYING FOR CUBA GOES ON TRIAL
This week jury selection began in the trial of Mariano Faget, the high level INS official accused of passing secrets of Cuba and lying about his contacts with Cubans. While officials no longer claim Faget committed espionage, they do claim he violated the Espionage Act by failing to report meetings with Cuban intelligence operatives.
Faget faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. His activities were discovered during an FBI sting operation in February. The FBI fed him information about alleged Cuban defectors, which he then relayed to a Cuban-American businessman. Faget is also alleged to have made false statements about meeting with Cuban diplomat Jose Imperatori. Imperatori was expelled from the US for his role in the situation. Faget does not deny meeting with Imperatori, but claims the meeting was to discuss possible business opportunities in Cuba after the fall of Communism there.
Faget has been held without bail since his arrest in February.