It's quite a weird story, the arrest and conviction of an American government contractor, Alan Gross, by Cuban authorities for the crime of "undermining the integrity" of the state, and it's just gotten weirder, thanks to the investigative work of the AP's Desmond Butler. Gross is an American Jew who was sent to Cuba by a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded contractor to supply Cuba's tiny Jewish community with communications equipment. The ostensible purpose of this mission was to help connect the 1,500 or so Jews still in Cuba with their brethren outside the country. The Cubans suspect something far more dastardly. The truth is.... not entirely clear.
Read Butler's whole report, which appears to prove that Gross was not the "trusting fool" he portrayed himself to be, but that instead he knew the dangers of smuggling in advanced communications equipment into a closed, Communist-run country. Nevertheless, it's fairly obvious, at least to me, that the Cubans should release Gross on humanitarian grounds. Whether or not Gross understood the danger, Butler makes it clear that this is not Jason Bourne we're talking about here. Of course, the Cubans are interested in seeing the so-called "Cuban Five" released on humanitarian grounds, so the two countries are at an impasse (a sixty-year-old impasse, in fact.)