Edward Lee, who spent his career in security, anti-terrorism and training posts with USAID and the State Department, wrote:
If I had been director of security of USAID in 2009, I would have strongly recommended against such a project, particularly in Cuba. Anywhere else in the world would have been fine, but clearly NOT in Cuba.Lee, author of a book called, "Staying Safe Abroad: Traveling, Working and Living in a Post-9/11 World," wrote that the U.S. government and the contractor that hired Gross, Development Alternatives Inc., or DAI, have a responsibility to the jailed American.
In a post entitled, "Cuba: Imprisonment of an Institutional Contractor: Not One of USAID's Finest Moments," Lee wrote:
...the fact is that Alan Gross didn't put himself there: USAID and Development Alternatives did.
No doubt, Mr. Gross was sent to Cuba by funds appropriated for USAID and signed a contract to perform USAID work in Cuba, albeit "high-risk" work.
If Development Alternatives and USAID had never asked Mr. Gross to perform government work in Cuba, he would be a free man today. Very sad.