Cuba seeks 20-year sentence for alleged US spy

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Saturday, February 5, 2011 12:54 EDT
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HAVANA – Cuban prosecutors will seek a 20-year prison sentence for U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, accused of crimes against the state, Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Friday, in a case that has stalled progress in U.S.-Cuba relations.

A government statement posted on the paper’s website said Gross was accused of “Acts Against the Independence and Territorial Integrity of the State” and that a trial date for him would be set soon.

Gross, 61, has been detained since he was arrested at his Havana hotel in December 2009.

Cuban authorities have accused him in the past of illegally importing satellite communications equipment and possibly spying.

The government statement gave no details about the charge, but the Cuban law it referred to said that someone “who in the interest of a foreign state” commits an act detrimental to the independence of the Cuban state or its “territorial integrity” faces a jail sentence of 10 to 20 years or the death penalty.

The United States has said Gross was only providing satellite communications equipment and Internet access for Jewish groups in Cuba and was not a spy.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Bush would suggest the U.S. invade. Cheney is drawing up torture plans as this is being read.

  • Anonymous

    What is there in Cuba that is worth spying on? In 1961 Cuba meant something. In 2011 Cuba is a lovely island but strategically insignificant. They still make the world’s finest cigars.

  • Anonymous

    cuba should negotiate a tade for the CIA thug who bombed that passenger jetliner from cuba who the US has steadfastly protected for years.

  • Anonymous

    yeah, great cigars and no gory warnings on em, either. remember when castro said that anyone in cuba who wished to leave could leave… 1/3 of 1% did. if i had teh money to do so; would leave america tomorrow. donations accepted.

  • Anonymous

    pawns inn international politics should not bear the brunt of punishment just to set an example.

  • samhoustonTX

    Cuba may have more than 20 billion barrels of oil in reserve, and it is expected that the number will increase. The estimate for the USA is 21 billion barrels. That’s enough oil for Israel to be interested in acting on insider information.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Fuck him. He gets what he earned. That’s one less pseudo-Communist. I’m sure by now he’s more than convinced that we have been saying for 52 years is true. And if the fiscal is asking for 20 years, he’ll be lucky if he doesn’t get out with 25 or 30. That is a done deal!

    Did I say fuck him? Well, if I didn’t, fuck him then.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Rumor has it he wanted to steal the formula for Havana Club which was stolen by Cuba from Bacardi.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Aaaah, yes! An expert. Love those!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Don’t worry I doubt he’ll be tortured.

    Wanna bet on that one?

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I would.

  • Anonymous

    Shall we do a history lesson?

    The United Fruit Company


    “The symbol and direct precedent of the revolution is the struggle of General Augusto C. Sandino (1895-1934), a national hero who fought with bravery, supported by an army formed by farmers and workers. He fought against the armed intervention of the United State in Nicaragua, done under the pretext of ensuring peace and democracy in the country”


    Other CIA corruption:



  • BuzzCoastin

    wow, what a lucky guy, the Guantanamo torture center is just down the road from Havana, maybe he could get transferred there for safe keeping

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYVXVW2OZBHLFJR5D4AISU73WE Juan

    Maybe El Maximo can trade this yankee spy for the Miami 5!

  • Anonymous

    Emistruth is unaware of the Cuban oil reserves. Still Cuba is of limited strategic value in the usual espionage paradigm. With a wave of America’s innovative wand, oil would be of very little value. Think hydrogen and fuel cells.

  • Anonymous

    Partigas, Cohiba, and Bolivars are wonderful cigars. Tobacco is hazardous to one’s health but a great cigar once a month is one of life’s true pleasures. Viva Cuba libre!

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps we could see a bit of justice and accountability if we sent W., Dead Eye Dick, Kinda Sleazy, Rummy, and assoc. to Cuba.

  • Taleisin

    Your first link didn’t work for me. By I’m OK with that.
    The other two were scary enough.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    “The United States has said Gross was only providing satellite communications equipment and Internet access for Jewish groups in Cuba and was not a spy.”

    B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T. The US has the means, motive and opportunity to spy in Cuba. And I really like how the CIA just threw in the Jewish groups. Leave it to the Right to hide behind tolerance, even as they promote rabid, militant, anti-Semitism. (Remember- it’s okay to be racist as long as it’s against Arabs. )

       /ˈsɛmaɪt or, especially Brit., ˈsimaɪt/ Show Spelled[sem-ahyt or, especially Brit., see-mahyt] Show IPA
    a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.

    Yeah when it comes to Muslims being super-racist is just mainstream politics, but the CIA will throw the Anti-Semitic label around all day, even while they covertly work with Nazi War Criminals:


    “What is there in Cuba that is worth spying on? In 1961 Cuba meant something. In 2011 Cuba is a lovely island but strategically insignificant. They still make the world’s finest cigars. ”

    Yeah I’m so sure the CIA has no interests in Cuba at all. I mean if a nation did become Communist and rich they would not try to sabotage it at all, there are so many examples of the US helping to preserve leftist democracies in South America.

    In any case the obvious BS is obvious. I mean just reading the cookie cutter excuse makes me feel like someone is trying to shove something down down my ass.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    Yeah I’m so sure US Aid Contractors are always bringing in advanced satellite equipment to Jewish groups.

    What’s next? They gonna bring in rocket launchers for the struggling kwanzaa practitioners? A couple infrared cameras for the tiny Buddhist population?

    Maybe they can just plant a Buddhist guy in there, or someone else that represents like less then .01% of Cuba, and say we are sending all this super-advanced equipment to that group. That way we will already have the spies ready made and won’t have to work so hard getting someone on the island to sell his/her own people out.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    “The notion that they [CIA, Army Counterintelligence Corp, Gehlen organization] employed only a few bad apples will not stand up to the new documentation. Some American intelligence officials could not or did not want to see how many German intelligence officials, SS officers, police, or non-German collaborators with the Nazis were compromised or incriminated by their past service… Hindsight allows us to see that American use of actual or alleged war criminals was a blunder in several respects…there was no compelling reason to begin the postwar era with the assistance of some of those associated with the worst crimes of the war.”

    All right there. The US worked with Nazis who killed millions during the holocaust:

    “I think that the CIA has defied the law, and in so doing has also trivialized the Holocaust, thumbed its nose at the survivors of the Holocaust and also at the Americans who gave their lives in the effort to defeat the Nazis in World War II.” – Former congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman

    The idea that they would be using a US contractor to bring advanced satellite equipment to like 30 people(how many Jews/Arabs (believe it or not pretty much the same “race”) are in Cuba? Like 40?) just because they all of a sudden love Semitic people is really ridiculous. They completely spat on the memory of the Holocaust and the notion that they would do anything for the Jewish people out of good will, is frankly, well its almost absurd to the point of insult they would even suggest this as their cover story.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCRNBMCPGAOEFGLTXYZVLQ2QPA Razi Masoud

    Either double that sentence or prosecute the bureau of even white house:P Prosecute all of them would be even better. Send these bastards to The Hague. They have committed acts of genocide, torture and espionage against MANKIND. A life sentence wouldn’t be enough for these monsters

  • Anonymous

    Gee, I wonder that this will do to that very cozy relationship between the Castro Bros. and Israel. Particularly now that Raul seems to have taken a liking to the Torah and such. I bet that kinda thing ain’t gonna fly too well in Tel Aviv, thus, they’ll be forced to side with the US again and vote against ending the blockade. Maybe, Fidel should turn to Hamas now.

    My, my, my. What strange bedfellows politics make.