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    Alan Gross’ Wife Fears He May ‘Do Something Drastic’

    Alan Gross’ Wife Fears He May ‘Do Something Drastic’
    November 7, 2014 5:33 PM
    Eliott Rodriguez

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Five years in a Cuban prison have taken their toll on
    Alan Gross. He’s lost more than one hundred pounds, and has ten years
    remaining on his sentence.
    His wife Judy Gross, who has traveled to Cuba to visit her husband, is
    worried he may take his own life.
    “He says he is going to do something drastic,” Judy Gross said. “I worry
    about that, because that’s how down he is right now.”
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    In 2009 Gross went to Cuba posing as a tourist. But that was a front for
    fulfilling a $600,000 contract to smuggle communications equipment into
    the island.
    The plan was to set up internet hot spots as part of a U.S.
    government-funded program to promote democracy.
    One of the Cubans he approached was Jose Manuel Collera, who turned out
    to be a member of Cuba’s secret police. Collera said Gross spoke very
    little Spanish.
    “Alan Gross as a person was very nice and friendly,” Collera said. “We
    had to communicate by making hand gestures because his Spanish was very
    Gross is being held at a prison where news crews can’t even stop to take
    pictures without risking arrest.
    Cuba has offered to swap him for three Cuban spies serving time in U.S.
    prisons. So far, the U.S. has shown no interest in the deal, but Judy
    Gross is heartened by the U.S. government’s exchange of Taliban
    prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
    “My thought is if they can do that, if they can follow through with
    something that complicated, surely they can figure out something they
    can do to get Alan home,” she said.
    Any deal to bring Gross home would have to overcome decades of mistrust
    between Cuba and the U.S. as well as political consequences, and time
    may be running out.

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