White House: Alan Gross Was Not Part of Prisoner Swap, Cuba to Free U.S. Spy Held for 20 Years


cubaSenior Obama administration officials clarified that the release of Alan Gross was not part of the prisoner swap with Cuba announced today. Three Cuban spies who had been held in the U.S. for over 15 years were released in exchange for a U.S. intelligence agent who had been held in Cuba for about 20 years, according to administration officials.

“Alan Gross was not part of the exchange because he is not an intelligence asset. He was released on humantiarian grounds,” said a senior administration official. “We believe Alan was wrongfully imprisoned, and we are overwhelmed with joy he will be reunited with his family.” Read more.

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