Wife of U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba pleads for his release

The Miami HeraldFebruary 19, 2010 

The wife of U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, jailed in Havana since Dec. 3, has urged U.S. and Cuban officials to resolve his case when they meet for migration talks on Friday.

"Alan has done nothing wrong and we need him home," his wife of 40 years, Judy Gross, said in a calm voice in a video sent to news media Thursday.

Raul Castro and the president of Cuba's legislature, Ricardo Alarcon, have suggested that the 60-year-old Gross was linked to U.S. intelligence agencies, though he has not been charged with any crime.

Judy Gross described her husband as a "humanitarian" who has done development work in some 50 countries and was "only helping the Cuban Jewish community improve its communications and Internet access."

Noting that senior U.S. and Cuban officials are scheduled to meet Friday in Havana, she added that she hoped "they can get get together and mutually agree on a way to bring him home" to Potomac, Md.

She added that she had spoken with her husband only three brief times since his Dec. 3 arrest -- the date previously had been reported as Dec. 4 or 5 -- and that his 86-year-old mother has been in failing health.

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