Reuters: “Mr. Obama, free the Cuban Five!”
Yes, you knew this was coming too.
Judy Gross is now saying that conservative Cuban exile politicians have prevented the release of her husband. She also says that President B.O. can now afford to ignore those intransigent trolls and make a swap for the Cuban Five.
Yeah, you knew this was next. No surprise. Let's see how long it takes for the swap to take place.
While it is more than understandable for Mrs. Gross to yearn for any deal that will free her unjustly imprisoned and very ill husband, what are we to make of the fact that she is now suddenly pointing to Cuban exile politicians as the sole obstacle to her husband's release? This is new: perhaps she had voiced this opinion before in private, but not to the press.
Add this one to the list of "reasonable" changes in U.S. Cuba policy that the Ministry of Truth is interested in promoting.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Wife of American jailed in Cuba pins hopes on Obama's re-election
MIAMI (Reuters) - The wife of Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba for crimes against the state, said she hopes President Barack Obama's re-election will soon help lead to her ailing husband's release from the communist-ruled country.
Gross, 63, has been locked up in Cuba since December 2009 for his work on behalf of a semi-covert U.S. program aimed at promoting political change on the island.
He is serving a 15-year sentence for setting up Internet networks in Cuba, work that a judge said was a crime against the Cuban state, and his imprisonment halted efforts by Obama to improve long-hostile relations between the United States and Cuba, which began soon after his first election in 2008.
"The U.S. government sent him there, they sent him on a project, and they need to take responsibility for getting this man home," Judy Gross told Reuters in an interview late on Friday.
Calling her husband a "pawn" in an unfortunate game between two countries just 90 miles apart, she said she believed Obama's re-election could now help his administration push harder for Gross's freedom, even if it means making possible concessions to Cuba that are opposed by conservative Cuban-American lawmakers.
"Nobody has ever come and said 'oh well, we're not doing this because of the election.' But obviously that's what we think was going on, and we'll find out," Judy Gross said.
"It's going to take a few more weeks and we'll be in contact with the administration, and we'll hope for the best," she added.
She did not elaborate on exactly what Washington could do to win Gross's freedom. But she said he has had considerable weight loss since his arrest, as well as having degenerative arthritis and an untreated potentially cancerous mass behind his shoulder. She has been pressing for his release on humanitarian grounds.
"He's a pawn in the sense that Cuba wants something for him and the United States is unwilling to give that up," Gross said in the phone interview.
She spoke as she prepared to travel from Washington to Florida for a rally on Sunday in West Palm Beach to press for her husband's release.
Cuba has said it proposed talks with the United States about resolving the Gross case but has received no answer. It has hinted that it was prepared to swap Gross for five Cuban government agents who received lengthy U.S. prison sentences in a 2001 trial in Miami.
Washington has insisted that such a deal is out of the question though U.S. officials said last year they had suggested a swap of Gross for one agent, Rene Gonzalez, who is out on parole in Florida.