By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 22 — Alan P. Gross a 60-year-old agent working for a US government program to subvert Cuban laws regarding communications equipment, was allegedly caught in the act and has been in jail since Dec. 4th.
The Washington Post ran an article Friday quoting a friend of Gross stating that the US citizen’s greatest mistake may have been “not seeing anything wrong with what he was doing.”
Working under contract of the US State Department, Gross was supplying satellite equipment for Internet connections along with laptops, not allowed under Cuba’s customs laws.
Washington has maintained an economic blockade on Cuba for the last half century as well as forbidding ordinary US citizens from visiting the neighboring island country.
Meanwhile, in the US, five Cubans known internationally as the Cuban Five, remain in maximum security facilities over 11 years after their arrest for having infiltrated exile terrorist groups allowed by the US government to operate out of Miami as long as their targets are Cuba and Cuban interests and personnel abroad.