Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jailed American looks like a Beltway insider

A Web site screenshot of the subcontractor's former company

I haven't seen any evidence that Alan P. Gross was working for U.S. intelligence. Some people have been quick to make that judgment. I just don't see the evidence.
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.

Another screenshot of the former company

But I'd be surprised if religion is what prompted Gross to travel to Cuba. The scattered pieces of his background posted on the World Wide Web paint the picture of an outgoing, adventurous world traveler and international development specialist who doesn't mind taking risks or even risking his life. My guess is that Gross is a Washington insider with deep, longtime connections in the U.S. government.

Link to the Potomac Group?

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.

Along the Malecon's U.S.-Cuba relations page
Along the Malecon's Spy vs. spy page

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