601. 12/15/2009

Two years ago [December 2009], Cuban counterintelligence officers arrested Alan P. Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor, as he boarded a plane in Havana for the United States. Later convicted in a closed trial of crimes against the state for smuggling sophisticated telecommunications equipment into Cuba, Gross is serving a 15-year prison sentence. Obama administration officials have declared that relations with Cuba will remain frozen until Gross is released, but the administration has not been willing to take the aggressive steps necessary to win his freedom. Gross' fate, like Cuba policy generally, is now being sacrificed to electoral politics in Florida.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

William M. LeoGrange & Peter Kornbluh, “A Cuban conundrum.” December 06, 2011. The Los Angeles Times

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