Cuban spy renouncing US citizenship

Associated Press
FILE - In this file photo released on Wednesday Oct. 12, 2011 by the state media Cubadebate website, convicted Cuban agent Rene Gonzalez talks on the phone accompanied by his youngest daughter Ivette, after he was freed from a Florida jail, after serving 13 years of a 15-year sentence, in Marianna, Fla.  Gonzalez, one of the so-called "Cuban Five," will be able to permanently remain in Cuba in exchange for renouncing his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Friday, May 3, 2013 after U.S. officials dropped their initial opposition. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, File)
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FILE - In this file photo released on Wednesday Oct. 12, 2011 by the state media Cubadebate website, convicted Cuban agent Rene Gonzalez talks on the phone accompanied by his youngest daughter Ivette, after he was freed from a Florida jail, after serving 13 years of a 15-year sentence, in Marianna, Fla. Gonzalez, one of the so-called "Cuban Five," will be able to permanently remain in Cuba in exchange for renouncing his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Friday, May 3, 2013 after U.S. officials dropped their initial opposition. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, File)

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban spy who served a long jail term in the United States has arrived at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana to renounce his American citizenship.

The move by Rene Gonzalez is part of a deal by Federal Judge Joan Lenard to allow him to stay in Cuba rather than complete the probation he was serving in the U.S.

Gonzalez arrived Monday afternoon at the U.S. Interests Section, which Washington maintains instead of an embassy.

The 56-year-old is one of the so-called "Cuban Five," intelligence agents convicted in 2001 of spying on U.S. military installations in South Florida, as well as exile groups and politicians.

The men are celebrated as heroes in Cuba, which says they were trying to prevent a wave of bombings by Miami-based militant groups.

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