Elian Gonzalez Turns 18, Calls 'Cuban Five' Spy To Celebrate

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Elian Gonzalez is all growed up! Miami's favorite raft-boy turned Cuban propaganda machine turned 18 last night, and in proper Revolutionary fashion celebrated not with a pack of cigarettes or a bottle of rum from his parents liquor stash but with a phone call to Rene Gonzalez, a "Cuban Five" spy serving out his probation time in the U.S.

That Elian! If the Castro brothers can just hang on another couple years, he'll be old enough to really stick it to Janet Reno by taking power.

In all seriousness, you've got to feel bad for the kid -- first he spends months indoors with the federal government trying to kick him out and every viejito on Calle Ocho waving signs outside his window, then his face is plastered on every newspaper in the world weeping hysterically while some beefy mustached cop points an automatic weapon in his face.

Freud didn't even invent terminology for the mental condition that must have caused in a kid.

And that was before he returned to Cuba to live out his teens as a decaying Castro's favorite piece of anti-U.S. propaganda.

Gonzalez got to celebrate his 16th birthday by parading around in a military school uniform and pledging that he'd "shed blood to defend" Cuba.

Now, as he turns 18, the Castro regime has decided to use Gonzalez to publicize the Cuban Five case.

The five spies were caught two years after the Brothers to the Rescue plane was shot down by Cuban fighter jets in 1996. American prosecutors have charged the five with providing Cuba intelligence key to the deadly attack on the flight.

Yesterday, Elian caught up with one of the Five, Rene Gonzalez (no relation), who got out of jail in October but has to stay in the States for three years on probation.

"He wished me a happy birthday," Elian said, according to the AP.

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23 comments
pura Centurion
pura Centurion

good comments, i would like to know what he is really thinking......

Sheila
Sheila

Thank goodness Elian was sent to Cuba to live with his father.  His family in Miami are thugs, alcoholics and in general a mess.  Elian dodged a bullet big time..

Real3knee2dbone
Real3knee2dbone

This article is a mess. I was a teenager when this happened and I know the events clearly, but the point of articles are to be information-giving, this was all over the place from the inception. I should have never read anything past "growed up"

Glamnerd11205
Glamnerd11205

This article is confusing. It's all over this place. Whatwas your main point?

Racheldarah
Racheldarah

um....I'm confused.... (not a clear posting at all)

Fernie B
Fernie B

I'm just glad that media-whore of a family he has (both sides of the family), have stayed out of the news for good. Never seen such a desperate attempt to get 15 minutes of fame.

Bebep
Bebep

Wow who took a shit in all you people's cereal this morning!

It's just a post stating Elian turned 18, he's still a political puppet and he called one of the Cuban Five.

Pretty simple read, get over yourselves.

reyderoma
reyderoma

which part didn't you understand?

Tim Elfrink
Tim Elfrink

Elian turned 18. He called a Cuban spy to celebrate. I feel kinda bad for him. Clear?

Amb9206
Amb9206

@racheldarah, you're either too young to remember or didn't live here when this all happened...or perhaps just plain dense

reyderoma
reyderoma

The sister would turn on a fountain of tears whenever a camera was put on her.Uncle Lazaro never worked.sold everything in the kid's room to the highest bidder.when everything was gone he started selling bottles of air from Elian's room.Marielito to the max.

Smarterthan You
Smarterthan You

Really? Must we make Miami look so dumb by writing such articles. How gives a fuck about that kid. He was a political instrument and nothing more. Find something a little more stimulating to write about Tim. Oh, and he's not a "raft-boy" he was a refugee at that time. Dumb fuck.

YouSuck
YouSuck

Why do you have a job?

Fernie B
Fernie B

Let me say one thing. I'm anti-castro and thought the whole thing was botched by Reno and via-proxy Clinton, but my god, watching that family on national television... they made me feel so ashamed.

Rachel
Rachel

Mr. Smartypants Amb9206, why don't you enlighten me with a clear explanation of the event(s) I was too young/too dense to know about. It would be GREATLY appreciated and save me countless hours of research in order to make sense of the blog and become educated on the sequence of events and the side stories mentioned in the blog.   Thanks in advance for the information you will choose to share.

reyderoma
reyderoma

I like "raftboy", and he was also a refugee.The story shows how much real cubans love their own and like a good mother, they fought tooth and nail to get him back.his father had attempted to inner tube 3 times to get Elian away from those ghouls of a family....26 DE JULIO 

reyderoma
reyderoma

He ain't no boy.He's a full growed man.did you like being called "boy"when you were 18? pendejo!

Rachel
Rachel

amb9206-  just an fyi--- you are the poster who started with the name calling 

Amb9206
Amb9206

"Smart" people shouldn't need to use crude language in an "argument".  This is a fluff piece - nothing more, nothing less - why is everyone making such a big deal about a harmless article.  And @b35467182c3f00e9cfcbb4a9d11d89a9:disqus , the whole point is that they are STILL using him as a political instrument - an 18 y/o boy. 

Fernie B
Fernie B

Y U No say it like this? it's funnier

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