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Despite administration denials, Ros-Lehtinen thinks Obama wants Cuba spy-swap

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After news broke about President Obama’s prisoner swap involving five Taliban Guantanamo Bay detainees, many wondered about the fate another person locked away in Cuba: Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor believed by many to be railroaded on trumped-up spy charges.

But the administration says it’s not negotiating for Gross.

Yet U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican Cuban exile leader, just doesn’t think the administration is being honest.

“I seriously believe the administration is considering a swap,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “The administration has shown itself not to be faithful to the law and is not to be trusted.”

For instance, Ros-Lehtinen said, the administration two years ago briefed her and other members of Congress in a closed-door intelligence briefing on the proposed swap of the five Taliban for U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, a likely deserter during his tour in Afghanistan

Ros-Lehtinen, House Speaker John Boehner and others objected to negotiating with terrorists

“They said: ‘we hear you loud and clear.’ And two years later what do we have?” she asked. “A prisoner swap.”

In between, Congress passed a bill that would require notification of any Gitmo prisoners 30 days in advance. Obama, in signing the law, issued a signing statement at the time to essentially give him wiggle-room to ignore that under unique circumstances.

Obama, as a candidate in 2007, criticized the prior administration’s use of signing statements, saying “I will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.”

It’s double-talk like that, Ros-Lehtinen said, that makes it tough to trust Obama.

In disbelieving the administration, however, Ros-Lehtinen issued two press releases Monday that mischaracterized news reports concerning Gross, arrested in 2009 in Cuba with satellite phones and other banned communications equipment that, he said, was intended for the Jewish community on the island.

Ros-Lehtinen’s press release said that “news reports” indicated the administration “may be considering” a swap with Cuba: Gross in return for the three remaining “Cuban Five” espionage convicts imprisoned in the United States.

The problem with her statement: There were no “news reports” at the time that said Obama “may be considering” such an action. The reports at the time said Obama wasn’t making such a consideration.

Ros-Lehtinen’s Spanish-language press release was more off the mark. Instead of saying the administration “may be considering ("puede estar considerando") or “could be considering ("pudiera esta considerando”), the statement just flat-out says Obama “is considering” ("esta considerando").

Ros-Lehtinen acknowledged the error, but she said it doesn’t matter. She believes the administration is talking quietly with Cuba and isn’t telling the truth at home.

She pointed to a Tuesday back-and-forth between a reporter and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who was asked repeatedly about Gross. In a final question, a reporter asked whether “the administration is still opposed to any deal with the Cubans for Alan Gross that involves the three remaining Cuban Five?

Psaki: “Nothing has changed in that case, no.”

So, publicly, Obama and Ros-Lehtinen have the same position.

Ros-Lehtinen said Psaki’s prior “evasions” - before the reporter asked about "any deal with the Cubans -- suggested that something else was going on.

So who’s right?

“We’ll see in two years,” Ros-Lehtinen said, referencing the end of Obama’s term.

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Walter Lippmann

Alan Gross and his wife and supporters would be very grateful he he were traded, even if Ileana and her friends would prefer that Gross remain in Cuba for his full sentence.

Ileana and her gang didn't complain when Obama traded those ten Russian agents for four Russians convicted over there for spying on behalf of Washington.

And they didn't complain when Israel traded ONE THOUSAND FORTY SEVEN Palestinians for one single Israeli soldier.

Why do these right-wingers want Alan Gross to stay in jail?


Walter Lippmann
Los Angeles, California

humbertocapiro


NBC NEWS: American jailed in Cuba wants US to sign 'non-belligerency pact' to speed release - By Michael Isikoff

Kornbluh, who has advocated closer U.S.-Cuba dialogue, was in Havana last week to attend a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. He was granted permission to visit Gross by Cuban officials. (The Cubans so far have denied all news media requests to meet with him.) He said Gross was most upset about being unable to return home to see members of his family who are ill, especially his 90-year-old mother in Texas who has cancer.

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/02/15620342-american-jailed-in-cuba-wants-us-to-sign-non-belligerency-pact-to-speed-release?lite

humbertocapiro

ALAN GROSS IS NOT A SPY! EVEN THE CUBAN "GOVERNMENT" HAD TO ADMIT THAT! HE DOESNT EVEN SPEAK SPANISH! SOME SPY! AND HE HAS ALSO NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO BE INTERVIEWED BY THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS! JUST THINK ABOUT IT! WHY ALL THE SECRECY? BECAUSE IT'S ALL AN EXTORTION PLOY BY THE CASTROFASCISTS AND ITS NOT CONVINCING THE USA NOR THE WORLD COMMUNITY!

NBC NEWS: American jailed in Cuba wants US to sign 'non-belligerency pact' to speed release - By Michael Isikoff

Kornbluh, who has advocated closer U.S.-Cuba dialogue, was in Havana last week to attend a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. He was granted permission to visit Gross by Cuban officials. (The Cubans so far have denied all news media requests to meet with him.) He said Gross was most upset about being unable to return home to see members of his family who are ill, especially his 90-year-old mother in Texas who has cancer.

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/02/15620342-american-jailed-in-cuba-wants-us-to-sign-non-belligerency-pact-to-speed-release?lite

humbertocapiro

THERE WERE MORE THAN 5 "CUBAN 5" SPIES! IT WAS MORE LIKE 14!! THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA AND THEIR SUPPORTERS FORGET TO MENTION THIS ALL THE TIME!
WND NEWS: 'Wasp Network' stung in Miami Cuban spies 'wage war against the people of the U.S.' - by Toby Westerman - Published: 01/09/2001

Five members of a 14-member espionage team called “La Red Avispa” — the Wasp Network — are on trial in a Miami federal courtroom following an exhaustive FBI investigation
After breaking up the network’s operations in September 1998, the FBI amassed some 10,000 pages of information on the Cuban espionage cell. Federal agents discovered that, among other projects, the members of the spy network counted planes outside a military base, attempted to send a letter-bomb to an anti-Castro activist, and placed one of their number — employed as a custodian — at the Boca Chica base of the Southern Command to observe military activity there. Of the original 14, four fled and are believed to be in Cuba, five pleaded guilty and five have declared their innocence. Those pleading innocent said they were only keeping an eye on the anti-communist Cuban exiles. Although the ring was engaged in classic acts of espionage, those who pleaded guilty, as well as the defendants standing trial, are not facing charges of spying, but rather are being charged as “unregistered foreign agents.
http://www.wnd.com/2001/01/7761/

Walter Lippmann

Alan Gross is in Cuban CUSTODY.
The remaining members of the
Cuban Five are in US CUSTODY.

Why do you want to keep him in jail in Cuba?

He would go home tomorrow if Obama made the trade.
Just as Bergdahl went hom

Why do you want Gross to remain in Cuban custody???

ed jenkins

this most hated congresslady who cannot choose a last name needs to be replaced after many years of holding this seat in her well known husband's name and not representing the views of voters.

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