U.S. rules out a possible prisoner exchange with Cuba
The spokesperson U.S. State Department , Virginia Staab , dismissed this Friday it would cause any exchange between the contractor, Alan Gross , who was arrested in Cuba in December to deliver phones phones and computers to the dissent, and Gerardo Hernandez, one of ' The Five ' Cubans convicted of espionage in the United States .
"No , no way, compare and Alan Gross Cuban Five , " Stabb said while noting , in statements to the Radio Marti, the U.S. administration "continues urging the Cuban government to release immediately and unconditionally Gross . "
Thus, the United States clarified the misunderstanding which occurred after a group of Cuban-American lawmakers - Robert Menendez, Ileana Ros- Lehtinen , Lincoln Diaz- Balart , Mario Diaz- Balart and Albio Sires - addressed a letter to Secretary of State , Hillary Clinton, and attorney general , Eric Holder, in rejection of the alleged exchange .
Gross, 60, is currently "under investigation" in the city jail Marist Havana , reserved for cases seen as matters of state security, accused of delivering mobile computers and satellite phones to members of the opposition , some teams that are banned in Cuba.
However, the president of Development Alternatives, James Boomgard , company he works for Gross, argued that the American had traveled to the island as part of a program Agency for International Development United States to help small Jewish community living in the island to create an intranet for communicate.
For his part , Hernandez serving a life sentence in the state of California after he was arrested in 1998 by agents FBI accused of developing espionage in favor of then Government of Fidel Castro. Joining him are detained in United States Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and Ramón Labañino with Who are the group called ' The Five '.
S : AssociatedPress / translate LPPNEWS Front Line