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    American jailed for 5 years in Cuba made little attempt to disguise his work

    American jailed for 5 years in Cuba made little attempt to disguise his work
    Greg Toppo, USATODAY 10:54 p.m. EST November 29, 2015

    American aid worker Alan Gross, who was imprisoned for five years in
    Cuba, said he made little attempt to disguise his work setting up
    Internet connections for the communist island’s small Jewish community.

    In an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Gross, a
    communications specialist who has worked in more than 50 countries, said
    he made five trips to Cuba as a contractor for the U.S. Agency for
    International Development, the Associated Press reported. He was
    arrested in late 2009 on accusations of spying and was later convicted
    and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    Gross, 66, was freed last December as part of a historic U.S.-Cuba
    policy change in diplomatic relations.

    A 2012 AP investigation found that Gross was using sensitive technology
    typically available only to governments, and that the Internet
    connections he was establishing were intended to bypass local
    restrictions and be hard for the government to trace.

    On “60 Minutes,” Gross said he had no trouble bringing the equipment
    into Cuba. The only precaution he took, he said, was to tape over a
    model number on a satellite modem.

    “They had every opportunity to stop me from bringing that equipment in,
    they knew what that equipment was and if they didn’t, you know, shame on
    them,” Gross said.

    Gross lost more than 100 pounds in prison, AP reported. Five of his
    teeth fell out because of malnutrition. He went on hunger strikes and
    spoke of wanting to end his life. And he became disillusioned with the
    U.S. government as he considered the possibility of dying in prison. “It
    was ridiculous. I wasn’t a spy. I wasn’t a smuggler. I wasn’t a
    criminal,” he said.

    He added, “U.S. government, you want to send people to countries where
    we have no diplomatic relations and run cockamamie programs? Go ahead,
    but leave me out of it.”

    Source: American jailed for 5 years in Cuba made little attempt to
    disguise his work –
    www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/11/29/alan-gross-cuba-prison-60-minutes/76536660/