Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    Alan Gross’ Wife Hopes Cuba Will Reciprocate Act of Goodwill

    Alan Gross' Wife Hopes Cuba Will Reciprocate Act of Goodwill
    In response to decision to temporarily release a Cuban spy, Rene
    Gonzalez, wife of Alan Gross says she hopes for reciprocal act of goodwill.
    By Rachel Hirshfeld
    First Publish: 3/21/2012, 11:43 AM

    A Miami judge issued a decision, on Tuesday, temporarily releasing
    convicted Cuban spy, Rene Gonzalez, allowing him the opportunity to
    visit his ailing brother who suffers from lung cancer.

    The ruling "offered a rare moment of relaxation in tension between the
    two countries," noted the Associated Press.

    It also raised hopes that Cuba might reciprocate with a humanitarian
    gesture in favor of Alan Gross, the American international development
    worker who has been imprisoned in Cuba for his efforts to help the Cuban
    Jewish community improve its access to the Internet.

    Gonzalez, one of the so-called Cuban Five agents who were convicted of
    spying on Cuban exiles in South Florida and trying to infiltrate
    military installations and political campaigns, was freed last year
    after serving most of a 15-year sentence, but was ordered to remain in
    the U.S. for three years on supervised release, noted the AP.

    The wife of Alan Gross, welcomed the decision saying that she hopes that
    the Cuban government will grant her husband a similar request. Gross
    issued a request to be allowed to return to the United States to visit
    his mother and adult daughter, both of whom are battling cancer. His
    supporters are anticipating the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to
    Cuba as an opportunity for a gesture of goodwill on Gross' behalf.

    "I empathize with Rene Gonzalez's need to visit a dying family member
    and am pleased that he has been granted permission for a temporary
    visit," Judy Gross said in a news release Tuesday. "I now hope that
    President [Raul] Castro will grant Alan's request to visit his ailing
    mother Evelyn, who is suffering from inoperable lung cancer. Evelyn's
    final wish is to see her son one last time."

    In a letter to Cuban President Raul Castro, Gross' counsel Peter Kahn
    said that the condition of Gross' mother had worsened and that she
    wished to see her son one last time.

    "We are reaching out to you directly, with the knowledge that you have
    the power to grant such humanitarian requests, as you have done in the
    past, and with the hope that you will extend a humanitarian gesture not
    only towards Alan, but to his ailing mother," Kahn wrote in a letter
    obtained by Jewish Telegraphic Agency.