The Cuban Intelligence Service has a well-established program aimed at “spotting and assessing persons within the United States academic community who may be suitable for recruitment,” according to an FBI affidavit. The recruitment of Myers and other recent Cuban agents fit that pattern.
Myers and his wife first visited Cuba on “unofficial personal travel for academic purposes” (SDS Venceremos Brigades) at the invitation of an official with the Cuban Mission to the United States in New York City.
FROM RECORDED MEETINGS OF THE MYERS AND FBI UNDERCOVER IN APRIL 2009, WASHINGTON D.C. HOTEL; Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers told a undercover FBI source posing as a Cuban intelligence officer (UCS) of numerous "personal meetings" in New York City (every 6 months for 30 years) were they had many contacts.
Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers told the UCS that when they got ready they would just sail to Cuba on their boat "Helene". Kendall Myers told the UCS that concerning the possible lifting of the United States travel ban to Cuba "You don't want all those North Americans in Cuba...Believe me, Those North Americans you don't want them".
Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers told the UCS in April 2009 that they would like to be a "reserve army", ready when we're needed, Kendall said that "I will begin a process of re-getting in contact with my old (USA) contacts and work on new ones". Kendall Myers favorite book was "On Becoming Cuban".
According to the affidavit, Kendall Myers traveled to Cuba in December 1978 (SDS Venceremos Brigades) after receiving an invitation from an official who served at the Cuban Mission to the United States in New York City. His guide while in Cuba was an official with Cuba's Foreign Service Institute. This trip provided the Cuban Intelligence Service (CuIS) with the opportunity to assess or develop Myers as a Cuban agent, according to the affidavit.
Approximately six months after the trip, the Myers were visited in South Dakota by the official from the Cuban Mission in New York and, according to the affidavit, Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers agreed to serve as clandestine agents of the Cuban government.
Afterwards, the CuIS directed Kendall Myers to pursue a job at either the State Department or the CIA. Kendall Myers, accompanied by his wife, then returned to Washington, D.C., where he resumed contract work at the State Department and later obtained a State Department position that required a Top Secret security clearance. According to the affidavit, during this time frame, the CuIS often communicated with its clandestine agents in the United States by broadcasting encrypted radio messages from Cuba on short-wave radio frequencies.
Clandestine agents in the United States monitoring the frequency on short-wave radio could decode the messages using a decryption program provided by the CuIS. Such methods were employed by defendants previously convicted of espionage on behalf of Cuba. According to the affidavit, the Myers have an operable short-wave radio in their apartment and they told an FBI source that they have used it to receive messages from the CuIS.
Undercover Operation: According to the affidavit, in April 2009, the FBI launched an undercover operation to convince the couple that they had been contacted by a Cuban intelligence officer and to ascertain the scope of their activities for the CuIS. On April 15, 2009, an undercover FBI source posing as a Cuban intelligence officer approached Kendall Myers in Washington, D.C., stating that he had been sent to contact Myers by a named CuIS official in order to obtain information.
During the meeting later that day, the couple agreed to meet the source again and to provide information on U.S. government personnel with responsibility for Latin America. According to the affidavit, the couple also made a series of statements about their past activities on behalf of the CuIS, including acknowledging having received coded messages from the CuIS via short-wave radio, meeting CuIS officials in Mexico, and being alert to surveillance. "We have been very cautious, careful with our moves and, uh, trying to be alert to any surveillance," Kendall Myers allegedly told the FBI source.
In subsequent meetings with the FBI source, the Myers allegedly agreed to provide information on the April 17-19, 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as to use specified code words, signals and encryption programs to transmit information via email during future interactions with the source. They also asked the source to "send special greetings...and hugs" to certain CuIS officials.