Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    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."