Alan Gross Petitions Obama to Get Him Freed

"Why am I still here? With the utmost respect, Mr. President, I fear that my government – the very government I was serving when I began this nightmare – has abandoned me,” Alan Gross wrote in a letter to Obama."

Interesting text, considering that Gross and the U.S. have both told Cuba Gross was not on official business for the U.S.  

Alan Gross has been in jail for a considerable time, for taking "communication devices"  in for Cuba's jewish citizens.  He reported them on his customs form, and reported that he was taking them in.

From the below article:

"Gross’ letter was read aloud by his wife at a vigil in Lafayette Square across from the White House on Tuesday to mark his fourth anniversary in jail. on December 9.
“It is clear to me, Mr. President, that only with your personal involvement can my release be secured,” Gross wrote.
"Gross said he was in Cuba to set up communications equipment to give unrestricted Internet access to Jewish groups. A Cuban judge said that activity was a crime against the state and sentenced Gross to 15 years."
"Tuesday’s vigil follows a letter sent by a bipartisan group of 66 senators last month that urged the president “to act expeditiously to take whatever steps are in the national interest to obtain his release.”
"A separate letter signed by 14 senators, including two of Cuban descent, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Marco Rubio of Florida, took a tougher line rejecting any negotiations, calling on Obama to work toward securing Gross’s unconditional release.

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