Raul Castro honors 'Cuban Five' intelligence agents freed by United States

February 24, 2015 11:45 PM

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HAVANA – President Raul Castro on Tuesday honored five Cuban intelligence agents who spent years in U.S. prisons, becoming heroes in their homeland and causing friction between the two countries that are now in the process of restoring full diplomatic relations.

The release of the last three of the "Cuban Five" still in prison helped usher in the historic diplomatic breakthrough in December. They were freed in a sweeping deal that included the release by Cuba of American contractor Alan Gross and a Cuban who had spied for the U.S.

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