Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    US Calls on Cuba to Release Jailed American Contractor

    US Calls on Cuba to Release Jailed American Contractor
    Posted Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 5:25 am

    The U.S. State Department is calling on Cuba to immediately release
    imprisoned American contractor Alan Gross, saying his health has
    worsened and that he can no longer walk.

    State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Gross, who was
    arrested more than two-and-a-half years ago, has lost 45 kilograms in
    detention and is no longer able to walk because of degenerative arthritis.

    Gross was arrested in Havana in December 2009 and later sentenced to 15
    years in prison on charges of crimes against the state. Gross – who had
    been working for a private firm contracted by the U.S. Agency for
    International Development – was accused of distributing Internet
    equipment and satellite phones to Cuban dissident groups. Gross said he
    was trying to provide Internet service to members of Cuba's small Jewish

    Gross has appealed to the Cuban government to return to the United
    States and visit his seriously ill mother.