Rene Gonzalez, the convicted Cuban spy still serving probation in the U.S. for espionage, has arrived in Cuba to visit a sick family member after a judge granted him permission to temporarily leave the country. Meanwhile, American aid worker Alan Gross continues to rot in a Castro prison for the crime of connecting Jewish Cubans to the internet.
Cuba: Freed agent on island to visit brother
HAVANA — A Cuban intelligence agent on probation after imprisonment in the United States arrived Friday for a two-week visit to see his ailing brother in Cuba, where authorities consider him and four other agents national heroes.
Rene Gonzalez, one of the “Cuban Five” spies arrested in 1998, flew to the island around noon for a “private family visit,” according to an official note read on the news. It repeated his previous vows to return to the U.S. to serve out the rest of his probation.
“Our people welcome our beloved Rene to the country and will not cease in the struggle for his definitive return, along with his four dear brothers,” a state newscaster said, reading from the official statement.
Cuba appeared set on playing down Gonzalez’s return, with no footage of an airport greeting or mass welcoming ceremony like the ones that greeted young raft survivor Elian Gonzalez – no relation – upon his return from Florida in 2000. Word of his arrival did not come until he was already here, and was the last item on the midday news.