Thursday, March 1, 2012

Clinton: No concessions to free American in Cuba

Posted on Wednesday, 02.29.12

Clinton: No concessions to free American in Cuba
The Associated Press

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

Clinton called the continued imprisonment of 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 Gross
"deserves to come home."

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

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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