Tags: Cuba | Hillary Clinton | Alan Gross

Clinton Cautious on US Contractor Jailed in Cuba

Sunday, 20 Mar 2011 10:40 PM

 

WASHINGTON — The United States is seeking to avoid moves that could jeopardize a US contractor from being released from Cuba after receiving a 15-year prison sentence, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying Sunday.

"We are working closely with Alan Gross's attorneys... We don't want to take any actions or say anything that will undermine the chances for this man to come home to his family," Clinton said, according to a transcript of a Spanish-language Telemundo interview.

Cuba on March 12 found Gross responsible for "acts against the independence or territorial integrity" of the country, saying he was covertly distributing laptops and cellular phones on the island.

Calling the 15-year sentence "deplorable," Clinton insisted Gross was in the Cuba "to help people literally connect with the rest of the world," according to the transcript.

The contractor, who was arrested in late 2009, has already "served a very long time for doing what was not in any way criminal, in our view," the top US diplomat said.

"He should be released, and at the very least, on humanitarian terms. He should be sent home to his family, and I'm hoping that the Cuban government will do that."

Cuba's verdict further strained the communist-ruled nation's long-strained ties with the United States, as Washington decried the jailing as "another injustice" and called for his immediate release.

Gross, 61, was working under contract for the US State Department when he was arrested for distributing the electronic devices to members of the island's small Jewish community.

© AFP 2015

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Author: Jeb Bush Has Conservative Record as Governor

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 15:35 PM

As there is much debate over the conservative credentials of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a University of Northern Flor . . .

Ex-Bodyguard of Venezuelan Pol in Cocaine Smuggling Case Defects

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 22:40 PM

A former bodyguard for Venezuela's second-most powerful man , a leader of its congress and the nation's military wing ,  . . .

US Africa Command Chief: 'We Can't See' Enough to Monitor Terrorists

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 22:16 PM

The United States and its international partners in Africa "can't see what's going on enough" to monitor increasingly vi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved