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    U.S. and Cuba Working On Solution to Free American Alan Gross From Cuban Jail

    U.S. and Cuba Working On Solution to Free American Alan Gross From Cuban
    Jail
    Dec 3, 2014, 12:04 AM ET
    By JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
    Senior National Correspondent

    Alan Gross is seen in this undated file photo. bringalanhome.com
    Today is the 5th anniversary of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross’s
    arrest for espionage in Cuba, and ABC news has learned exclusive details
    about the 65-year-old’s frail physical condition and his even worse
    mental situation.

    Last spring it was reported that Gross had lost more than 100 pounds,
    but today sources who have visited with Gross in the last week told ABC
    News his health has vastly deteriorated. He has lost all but one of his
    front teeth, can barely walk because of hip damage, and is blind in one eye.

    Gross is no longer accepting visits or food from the U.S. Interest
    Section in Havana and refuses medical or dental care from the Cuban
    military hospital where he is being held. Because of mobility issues
    stemming from his deteriorating health, he stays in his room at the
    military hospital 24 hours a day. He is kept in a 10 by 20 foot dorm
    room with 2 other prisoners who speak no English.

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    Gross has threatened to begin a hunger strike this month if he is not
    released soon and vows not to spend one more year in captivity—even if
    it means he dies of hunger.

    In a statement released this morning to mark the anniversary Wednesday,
    Gross’s wife Judy says: “Enough is enough. My husband has paid a
    terrible price for serving his country and community.”

    “Alan is resolved that he will not endure another year imprisoned in
    Cuba, and I am afraid that we are at the end. After five years of
    literally wasting away, Alan is done. It is time for President Obama to
    bring Alan back to the United States now; otherwise it will be too late.”

    Gross was sentenced to 15 years in 2011 for bringing telecommunication
    devices into Cuba while working as a subcontractor for USAID. The Cuban
    government accused him of being party to a U.S.-led plot to overthrow
    the government through an “Arab spring.”

    White House sources tell ABC news the National Security Council and
    president are aware of Gross’s condition and are working on a solution.

    In November, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at a briefing
    “that the United States believes that Mr. Gross should be released
    immediately.”

    “His detention is certainly not appropriate, it’s not justified, and
    it’s time for him to be reunited with his family here at home,” Earnest
    said. “We have also indicated that his continued detention is an
    obstacle in the relationship between the United States and Cuba and
    certainly would interfere with any effort along the lines (of
    normalizing relations between US and Cuba).”

    “Cuba’s failure to release Mr. Gross is hurting the relationship between
    the United States and Cuba,” he said. Cuban officials tell ABC News they
    are equally concerned about Gross’ deteriorating health but that he has
    continued to refuse all medical care.

    The Cuban government has long equated Gross’s arrest with those of five
    Cuban spies arrested in Miami for spying on anti-Castro groups and has
    proposed a “humanitarian release” involving prisoners of both sides.

    Source: U.S. and Cuba Working On Solution to Free American Alan Gross
    From Cuban Jail – ABC News –

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