Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson has admitted to Newsmax that he messed up in his 2011 bid to free American Alan Gross, who has been held in a Cuban prison for four years.
He spoke to the press when it would have been better for him to keep quiet, he said on Newsmax TV’s “Steve Malzberg Show.”
“I screwed that one up,” Richardson said.
“I thought we had a deal. I went in and talked to the Cubans. The Cubans were changing their policy at the last minute.
“Instead of shutting up and waiting for things to calm down, I was in Havana and I went to the press. I said ‘Alan Gross is a political prisoner, [and] the Cubans are not playing straight.'”
Richardson, Bill Clinton’s U.N. ambassador from 1997-98 and later energy secretary and governor of New Mexico, is the author of a new book, “How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator.”
The book, he said, points out his successes, but in Gross’s case, he admits he made a mistake.
“The Cubans just dropped me off and I just wasn’t able to get Alan out.”
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