The Maryland man who spent five years in a Cuban prison for smuggling internet equipment for the Communist nation's tiny Jewish community will be a guest of President Obama at tomorrow night's State of the Union Address.
Alan Gross, who was freed as part of a deal restoring relations between Cuba and the United States, will get hearty applause from Members of Congress, including those who think Obama made a bad deal with the Castros.
The Netanyahu government, miffed that it was kept out of the loop, has rejected the Obama administration's request made to it and governments around the world to express support for the new U.S. Cuba policy. Canada and the Vatican were the intermediaries and there are no indications any other country was involved.
L.I. Schechter class’ bond with freed captive puts students close to historic news story.
Last Tuesday, just 90 minutes after the fifth-grade class at the Schechter School of Long Island recited its customary morning prayer for the release of Alan Gross from a Cuban prison, principal Marcey Wagner announced his release on the school’s public address system.
United States has reportedly secured prisoner's release as part of a swap.
Five years after he was arrested in Cuba on a charge of providing illegal technical assistance to the country’s small Jewish community, New York-born Alan Gross, who inadvertently became one of the world’s most prominent Jewish political prisoners, is a free man.