Both victims were political activists and leaders of this movement, which inspired by Christian values, openly opposes Cuba's Communist government. Payá also led the "Heredia Project' which actively sought signatures to trigger changes in the Cuban government.
The telegram was signed by Msgr. Becciu, who is the 3rd in command at the Vatican's Secretariat of State. He was also the apostolic nuncio to Cuba between 2009 and 2011.