Gerardo Hernandez  with his pregnant wife Adriana Perez

Cuban Gerardo Hernandez Got His Wife Pregnant from US Prison by ‘Remote Control’

Gerardo Hernandez with his pregnant wife Adriana Perez

Gerardo Hernandez with his pregnant wife Adriana Perez. Photo Credit: Enrique De La Osa

Adriana Perez, 44, the wife of Gerardo Hernandez, caused a stir with her baby bump at a ceremony at the Cuban National Assembly to honour her husband.

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Hernandez, a Cuban spy who was recently released from prison by America, was until his release last week, serving two consecutive life sentences in the United States, and had been locked up for sixteen years without private visits from his wife.

Understandably, Adriana’s pregnancy had not only raised few eyebrows at the ceremony but had sparked wild guesses about the baby’s paternity in Havana. There were speculations also that the Cuban government might have “somehow arranged a clandestine conjugal visit under the nose of U.S. authorities.” For days, Adriana’s pregnancy was the hottest gossip in Cuba.

Hernandez did very little to help clear the air. He told the government-run television channel: “Everyone’s asking, and we have had a lot of fun with the comments and speculations. The reality is it had to be kept quiet. We can’t give a lot of details because we don’t want to hurt people who meant well.”

But then he left a hint when he said: “One of the first things accomplished by this process was this,” Hernandez said, gesturing to his Perez’s stomach. “I had to do it by ‘remote control,’ but everything turned out well.”

Facts have now emerged that the ‘remote control’ was simply an act of goodwill from the United States government. During the negotiations with Cuba about re-establishing diplomatic relations, the United States government had sent Hernandez’s sperm back to his wife in Cuba to signify their seriousness in the negotiations.

“We can confirm the United States facilitated Mrs. Hernandez’s request to have a baby with her husband. The request was passed along by Senator [Patrick] Leahy, who was seeking to improve the conditions for [US prisoner in Cuba] [Alan] Gross while he was imprisoned in Cuba,” a spokesperson for the US Justice Department Brian Fallon said.

The sperm sample was transported through Panama by Cuban officials. According to the New York Times, “the initial attempt to get Ms. Pérez pregnant failed. A second one, around eight months ago, worked.”

Hernández was one of five Cuban spies convicted of spying. Hernández, Luis Medina and Antonio Guerrero, the three remaining members of the Cuban Five, were released on Wednesday morning and returned home to a hero’s welcome. Two Americans, Alan Gross, and an unidentified Cuban who had worked for US intelligence and was jailed by Cuba, were also released.

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