Bill Richardson Admits: I Messed Up on Alan Gross Detainment


bill-richardsonFormer 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.”

Read more at NEWSMAX.

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  1. So Do something now! He’s still there!
    Like obamba who simply says he’s sorry and ‘fertig’, he’s free and millions of people lose their insurance and nearly a billion dollars of our money lost and goes scuff-free because He’s Sorry!
    Ambassador Richardson, do something now!!!

  2. And, Dr. Hall, even if that’s the case, hasn’t he done his time? Does he still not deserve our preyers? (And why haven’t I seen his name posted for prayer?)