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Cuba: Castro dictatorship refuses to change ransom demands for American held hostage

The Cuban dictatorship has given the Obama administration its ransom demands, and as far as Havana's Castro crime syndicate is concerned, Alan Gross will remain imprisoned and a hostage until the U.S. meets those demands.

Via NBC News:

Cuba won't budge on jailed American contractor, insists on prisoner swap

Cuba’s government on Wednesday continued to tie the fate of an American contractor jailed there for four years to the release of four Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998.

Responding to renewed calls for Havana to free 64-year-old American contractor Alan Gross, Director General of Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, said in a statement that the government is open to negotiations for a swap of prisoners.

"The Cuban government reiterates its readiness to immediately establish a dialogue with the United States government to find a solution to the case of Mr. Gross on a reciprocal basis, and which addresses the humanitarian concerns of Cuba relating to the case of the four Cuban anti-terrorist fighters in prison in the United States,” she said.

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