Clin­ton: No con­ces­sions to free Amer­i­can in Cuba

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton says the United States has made no deals or con­ces­sions with Cuba to free im­pris­oned Amer­i­can Alan Gross.

Mrs. Clin­ton called the con­tin­ued im­pris­on­ment of Mr. Gross “de­plorable” and a vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights. She told a House com­mit­tee Wed­nes­day that the United States raises the Gross case at ev­ery meet­ing. She said Mr. Gross “de­serves to come home.”

Mr. Gross, a Mary­land na­tive, is serv­ing a 15-year term for spir­it­ing satel­lite and other com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment into Cuba while on a U.S. Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment-funded democ­racy-build­ing pro­gram. Cuba con­sid­ers the pro­gram an at­tempt to desta­bi­lize its gov­ern­ment, and Mr. Gross was con­victed of crimes against the state, not es­pi­onage.

Mrs. Clin­ton said, in her words: “We’ve made no deals, we’ve of­fered no con­ces­sions and we don’t in­tend to do so.”

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