Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    White House Condemns Prosecution of American Alan Gross in Cuba

    White House Condemns of American Alan in Cuba

    Hope for improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba suffered a setback
    this week as the White House condemned the island nation's plan to
    prosecute an American contractor, apparently suspected of being a spy by
    the Cubans.

    , 61, was in late 2009 in Cuba while working as a
    contractor for the U.S. government. He was said to involved in the
    distribution of satellite phones and computer equipment to Jewish people
    so they could communicate with Jews in other countries. On Friday, Cuban
    prosecutors said they would charge Gross with "acts against the
    integrity and independence" of their country, and seek a 20-year sentence.

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the decision "compounded
    an injustice suffered by a man helping to increase the free flow of
    information to, from, and among the Cuban people." Gross has been
    "unjustly detained and deprived of his liberty and for the last
    14 months," Obama's spokeman said. He should be released "so
    he can come home to his wife and family," Gibbs insisted.

    Gross' work in Cuba was part of a U.S. Agency for International
    Development democracy-promotion program that grew under former President
    George W. Bush. according to the Washington Post.

    His lawyer, Peter J. Kahn, told the Post that Gross was "caught in the
    middle of a long-standing dispute between Cuba and the ."
    His family lives in Potomac, Md.