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Castro regime restates ransom demand for American aid worker held hostage in Cuba

After the Taliban Exchange, the Cuban dictatorship and its minions here in the U.S. see a renewed chance for the Castro regime to cash in on their American hostage, Allan Gross.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

After Taliban Exchange, Castro Reiterates Ransom Demand for American Hostage

Unsurprisingly, the day after the Obama Administration authorized the exchange of five Taliban prisoners to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Castro regime held a press conference to reiterate its ransom demand for American hostage Alan Gross.

The press conference featured Cuban spy, Fernando Gonzalez (pictured below), who returned to the island in February after serving a 15 year prison sentence in the United States for his espionage activities.

Of course, the case of Alan Gross is very different from the Taliban exchange.  Click here for the reasons why.

Nonetheless, it already seems to be sending the wrong message to rogue regimes throughout the world.

From AP:

Cuba Agent: US-Taliban Prisoner Swap a Precedent

The exchange of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo for a U.S. Army soldier held captive in Afghanistan could set a precedent for a similar swap with Cuba, a Cuban intelligence agent who spent years imprisoned in the United States said Monday.

Fernando Gonzalez, who returned to the island in February after serving more than 15 years behind bars in the United States, said the deal to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has a clear parallel to the cases of U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross and three Cuban agents still imprisoned in the United States.

"It is obvious that the only thing needed is the will on the part of the U.S. government to bring about that swap or exchange," Gonzalez said in his first news conference back in Havana. "This latest development makes that clear."

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