When introducing cutting-edge communications technology into Cuba got you a medal–not a 15 year gig in a torture chamber
Bottom Two Pics: Today citizens of Papua New Guinea and Burkina Faso own more cell-phones than do Cubans--who during the UNSPEAKABLE(!!!) 1950's owned more phones and TVs than did Europeans. (VAMOS BIEN!!!)
The AP's Havana Bureau keeps spinning the Alan Gross case. But after all is said and done.....guess what? Well:
Alan Gross suffers in a Cuban jail for the crime of introducing communications equipment to Cuba.
Ana Belen Montes and Julius Rosenberg communicated regularly with their Stalinist spymasters. But the method of their communications did not constitute the crime. Rather the content of their communications got them convicted.
Totalitarian regimes view the matter differently.
In 1958 Cubans owned more telephones per-capita than most Europeans and Cuba's government celebrated her citizens' access to the very latest communications technology, while rewarding its importers. Nowadays the resident of Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and Papua New Guinea all own more (and better connected) cell-phones than do Cubans--and Cuba's Stalinist regime jails those who seek to ameliorate the matter.
But in 1958 Cuba was stifled by a "Dictator," dutifully reports the AP upon every mention of Fulgencio Batista. Whereas nowadays, as dutifully reported by the AP, Cuba is presided over by a "President."
Cuban President Raul Castro called him a spy, and Gross was sentenced last March to 15 years in prison for seeking to "undermine the integrity and independence" of Cuba.