In the wake of Friday’s arrests of a former State Department intelligence analyst and his wife on charges of spying for Cuba, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered a complete review of the agency’s practices for granting security clearances.
At a press conference Monday, Mrs. Clinton pledged to “work with the Department of Justice and others within our government to make sure that any information that is needed is provided for the investigation and prosecution.”
“I have directed our security personnel to review every possible security program we have, every form of vetting and clearance that we employ in the State Department, to determine what more we can do to guard against this kind of outrageous violation of the oaths that people take to serve our country here in the State Department,” she said.
According to the charges, Walter Kendall Myers, 72, who worked at the department’s Bureau for Intelligence and Research, and his wife, Gwendolyn Myers, 71, spied for the Cuban government for three decades. They pleaded not guilty.
Mrs. Clinton said it is important “that we look forward to make sure that we try to prevent something like this from ever happening again.”