Guillermo “Bill” Gaede (born November 19, 1952) is an Argentine engineer and programmer who is best known for Cold Warindustrial spying conducted while he worked at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel Corporation (Intel). While at AMD, he provided the Cuban government with technical information from the semiconductor industry which the Cubans passed on to the Soviet bloc, primarily to the Soviet Union and East Germany. In 1992, Gaede turned himself over to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which placed him in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI began working with Gaede in a counter-espionage operation intended to penetrate Cuban intelligence using his contacts on the island. During this time Gaede obtained work at Intel Corp. in Chandler, Arizona. Intel Security discovered the nature of his activities at AMD and terminated him, but not before Gaede filmed Intel’s state-of-the-art Pentium process from home.
Gaede fled with this technology to South America where he allegedly sold the information to Chinese and Iranian representatives. Upon his return to the United States, Gaede was arrested, prosecuted, and convicted. He was convicted and sentenced to 33 months in prison in June 1996, after which he was deported. The 9th Circuit Court rejected Gaede’s appeal, and the Supreme Court denied certiorari.
Gaede later wrote a critique of mathematical physics and the usage of the scientific method in the disciplines of physics, biology, anthropology and palaeontology according to his own interpretations. Gaede’s theories have mainly been proliferated via the Internet.
Gaede has one son by the name of Eric Gaede, most commonly known by his YouTube name Asalieri, who is known for his “Reviewing a Reviewer” videos where he critiques the reviewing style of other critics.
Gaede was born in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, the third of four siblings of Gunther and Wiera Gaede. The Gaedes migrated to Rockford, Illinois, in 1959, but returned to Argentina in 1965 disillusioned with their experience in the United States. Although from a Peronist background, Gaede joined the Communist Party of Argentina at the age of 21 while serving as a steward of FOETRA, the union of the state-owned telephone company ENTel. After his application for a Cuban resident visa was turned down, he re-entered the United States in 1977, this time as a tourist. In the U.S., Gaede worked under the alias Ricardo Monares at Caron International in Rochelle, Ill.
Gaede moved to California and started working at AMD in Sunnyvale in September 1979. By 1982, he had worked his way up the ranks to become a process engineer. Still faithful to his socialistic principles, Gaede began to gather technical information from AMD, which he offered to the Cubans in one of his trips to Buenos Aires.
In 1986, Gaede was transferred to AMD’s plant in Austin, Texas. This move enabled Gaede to take material in the trunk of his car and deliver the technology to Cuban agents on the Mexican side of the border. Gaede was so successful in this clandestine operation that Fidel Castro arranged to meet him in person in Havana at the end of 1988. Gaede eventually traveled in 1990, but by then had become disenchanted with communism. The entire Soviet bloc had disintegrated during 1989.
At the urging of renegade Cuban agents, Gaede turned himself over to the CIA on July 13, 1992. The FBI interrogated Gaede in September 1992 and began to use him in a counter-intelligence operation against Cuba. The FBI admitted reimbursing Gaede $607.16 for “expenses incurred in connection with a counterintelligence matter.” Apparently, the plan consisted of taking advantage of Gaede’s intelligence contacts on the island.
While under FBI supervision, Gaede obtained a job as a programmer at the Intel chip plant in Chandler, Arizona. The FBI alleges that it alerted Intel of Gaede’s background. Intel flatly denies the allegation, stating that had the company known of Gaede’s background, “It is safe to say that Gaede would not have been hired.”
Intel terminated Gaede’s employment in June 1994. However, before Gaede was fired, he managed to film the entire Pentium process database from his home, ironically, using a terminal provided by Intel. He placed a camera and filmed the specs as they rolled on the screen. Shortly after, Gaede fled to South America and began to peddle the technology through the embassies of China and Iran. He allegedly counseled and trained Chinese and Iranian engineers in American manufacturing processes. Gaede was arrested by Argentine authorities as he attempted to bury tapes and documents, and was subsequently interrogated by the Secretaría de Inteligencia (SIDE) and the CIA in Buenos Aires.
Intel security manager Steve Lund arranged to meet Gaede in Argentina at the Sheraton Hotel on May 14, 1995. During their meeting, Gaede admitted to Lund to having stolen AMD material and equipment and giving it to the Cubans. He also admitted taking Intel’s Pentium process and providing it to foreign countries. Intel alleged, further, that Gaede sent a video of the Pentium technology he copied to rival AMD.
As a result of these acts, Intel filed a civil complaint against Gaede in Argentina and criminal charges in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California. Gaede denied the charge of sending tapes to AMD and accused the CIA of framing him.