Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Jailed American looks like a Beltway insider
I think it is what it is: A veteran international development specialist was nabbed passing out laptops and other electronics gear.
U.S. officials say distributing laptops isn't subversive by any stretch and shouldn't be considered illegal.
Cuban authorities view it differently, saying the U.S. government is actively trying to topple the Castro government.
Both the New York Times and the Washington Post quote U.S. officials as saying Gross was aiding Jewish religious groups in Cuba, not political dissidents.
One Web site graphic seemed to show Gross had some connection at one point with The Potomac Group, but that - and much more about Gross - is unclear to me.
He did not put his entire life on the Web for the world to see.
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