December 10, 2018

Jimmy Carter says he is not bringing Alan Gross home from Cuba

Former President Carter arives in Cuba. No that is not Rosalynn next to him. If it were she is very well preserved for 82.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter stamped out speculation that he can secure the release of US contractor Alan Gross during Carter’s current trip to Cuba.

“We have spoken to some officials about Mr. Gross. But I am not here to take him out of the country,” Carter told journalists, speaking in Spanish.” That doesn’t look like Spanish to newswarped. Maybe the quote should have gone something like “Hemos hablado con algunos funcionarios sobre el Sr. Gross. Pero yo no estoy aquí para llevarlo fuera del país.”

Carter was visiting the Belen Convent on the second day of a three-day private visit to talk about Cuba’s economic reforms and bilateral relations.

He is set to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday evening and dissidents on Wednesday morning, and will give a press conference later Wednesday.

Expectations were high that Carter would try to negotiate the release of Gross, who was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked to Carter before his departure about raising the issue of a release for Gross.

Cuba jailed Gross, a US Agency for International Development contractor, for working a “subversive project to illegally connect people to the internet with the goal of destabilizing the government”.

The US government says that Gross was only trying to help the small Jewish community in Cuba communicate.

Gross’s family has called for his release on humanitarian grounds with Gross’ mother and daughter reportedly battling cancer.

Newswarped doesn’t like it when ordinary people get caught up with opposing governments playing politics. It is not President Obama or President Castro that have to rot in prison while little guys like Alan Gross pay the price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.