The Five were not members of some insidious spy ring stealing America's deepest military secrets, and they had no role in the Cuban government's decision to shoot down those planes over the Straits of Florida. The Cubans were indeed trained intelligence agents. But their primary mission was to combat terrorism aimed at their homeland
The U.S. is refusing to free the Cuban Five in exchange for Alan Gross, an American arrested in 2009 for smuggling telecommunications equipment into the country. The U.S. insists there's no comparison between the two cases. Gross is an innocent; the Cubans were spies trying to steal U.S. military secrets.
On the eve of René González's release Friday from an American prison -- but not his prison America will now become -- it's worth reminding ourselves what terrible crimes he committed. Why was he sent...