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Loser spy in Miami: the story of a scientist from Mexico who worked for the Russian FSB

Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, renowned scientist, Mexican citizen and Singapore resident, led a double game and a double life on two continents and with two families – Mexican and Russian, according to the BBC.

Loser spy in Miami: the story of a scientist from Mexico who worked for the FSB of Russia

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He was arrested in February 2020 at Miami airport as he and his Mexican wife were about to fly to Mexico City. At the time, Cabrera, a specialist in molecular cardiology, was a senior investigator at the National Heart Center of Singapore.

At the time of his arrest, he was charged with spying on the car of a Miami-based US government informant.

< p>The US authorities later said in an official statement that “the accused was under the direction and control of a person who appears to be a Russian government official. The manner of communication between the accused and this person corresponds to the tactics of the Russian intelligence services used in identifying, evaluating, recruiting and managing their assets and sources”.

At first, Cabrera denied his guilt, but on February 15 of this year he decided to make a deal with justice.
According to some reports, prosecutors will now ask for a four-year sentence for him on one count of the charge – acting in the interests of a foreign power in the United States. Otherwise, he could well face a 10-year term.
He will be sentenced on June 21, with prosecutors wanting to deport the failed spy as soon as he has served his time in federal prison.

Successful scientist – an unfortunate spy

The amazing (although one can be surprised by Russian spies today) story of Cabrera's failed intelligence operation began in 2019, when his Russian wife and two daughters left Germany for Russia to resolve some bureaucratic issues. When they tried to return, they were not released from Russia.

Cabrera (according to data from open sources, a person with that name studied in Germany, as well as in Russia & # 8211; at the Kazan (Volga) Federal University) went to Russia to try to sort out the situation, and that's where he got in touch Russian official whom they had previously met at work.

According to the documents of the investigation, this same official, whose name was not released, advised Cabrera that his Russian relatives should not travel to Europe and try to obtain a visa in USA.

It was then, according to the FBI, that Cabrera began to suspect that this official – in fact, an FSB officer.

Later, at a meeting in Moscow, this man showed Cabrera copies of the emails that the Mexican scientist had while searching for real estate in Miami.

Hinting about known to him family circumstances of the scientist, a Russian official allegedly stated that “they could help each other”.

At the direction of this official, Cabrera went to Miami and, under a false name, rented an apartment there in the same building where the American government informant of interest to Russian intelligence lived. not named, it is designated as a “confidential source”, which previously provided the Americans with information about Russian intelligence activities related to US national security issues.

It is impossible to conclude from the documents of the investigation whether the Mexican knew why his Russian handlers wanted him to rent an apartment there, but agents often do this by hiring outside people to perform certain tasks in order to protect themselves. Such recruited assistants are rarely aware of the real purpose of the mission.

Cabrera failed in his mission. That is, together with his wife, they were able to track the desired car and even take a picture of its license plate, but at the same time they violated the instructions of the curators, who demanded not to take any photos, but simply to find out where this car was parked.

The unfortunate spy was so persistently sat on the tail of the car when it drove into the parking lot near the house, and so openly photographed the license plate that it caught the eye of the security guard behind the surveillance camera monitor.
On the evening of February 16, 2020, when the couple were about to fly to Mexico City, they were stopped by US border guards and during the search they found the same photo in the phone of Cabrera's wife.

“Too trusting of people”

For many, it still remains a mystery why a well-known and certainly not devoid of intelligence scientist decided to risk his career and reputation by getting involved in such a dubious adventure with Russian intelligence .

Prior to his arrest, Cabrera worked as an assistant professor of medicine under the joint patronage of the American Duke University and the National University of Singapore. He defended his doctoral thesis in the field of molecular microbiology in Russia and in the field of molecular cardiology – in Germany.

In 2018, Cabrera was appointed director of the FEMSA Biotechnology Center of the Monterrey Institute of Technology, one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico.

And in his hometown of El Espinal in the state of Oaxaca, south of Mexico, Cabrera is generally regarded as something of a local hero who promoted science, treated diabetics and helped rebuild the city after a devastating earthquake.

“All this is very strange, because he &#8211 ; a real altruist, he always helped others”, – Haziel Matus, mayor of El Espinal, told reporters in an interview shortly after the arrest of the scientist.

And Johns Hopkins University neurology professor Victor Serebryany, who knows Cabrera well, believes that his fame played a cruel joke on the scientist, and bad people took advantage of this .

“He is a natural leader, but too trusting of people”, – states Professor Silver.

Teilor Stone
Teilor Stonehttps://thesaxon.org
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116

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