Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cuba Releases Jewish American After 5 Years in Jail

Cuba has released American Jewish aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana that the United States said on Wednesday heralds an overhaul of US policy toward Cuba.  A US official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN reported a prisoner exchange that also included Cuba releasing a US intelligence source and the United States releasing three Cuban intelligence agents.

Cuba arrested Gross, now 65, on December 3, 2009, and later convicted the US Agency for International Development (USAID) subcontractor to 15 years in prison for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews.

Who Is Alan Gross? - Held for five years in Cuba, 65-year-old American contractor Alan Gross has been released from prison and is en route to U.S. soil. Gross was convicted of espionage by a Cuban court in 2011 and sentenced to 15 years for bringing telecommunication devices into Cuba while working as a subcontractor for United States Agency for International Development. The Cuban government accused him of being party to a U.S.-led plot to overthrow the government through an “Arab spring.”

Alan Gross Arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, MD

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