September 7th, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Bill Richardson hopes to negotiate American contractor's release from Cuba

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is going to Cuba to try to negotiate the release of jailed American contractor Alan Gross, CNN has learned.

"We are aware of Gov. Richardson's trip to Cuba and have been in contact with him," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told CNN. "While Gov. Richardson is traveling as a private citizen, we certainly support his efforts to obtain Alan Gross' release."

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  1. Carla

    Thank God the Cuban atheists don't have nukes to threaten America, though it may have given Americans better character. May God save Mr. Gross.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Come on Carla, will you please knock off the right-wing mumbo-jumbo? We already have far too many right-wing nutjobs vomiting their ignorance on this website!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Contractor

    Oh thank you Mr. Bill.... 😐

    September 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. trut

    Apparently the CIA and State dept. call their agents contractors now.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Klimaski

    Mr. Gross was providing someone or group with a sattilite phone. This is not something used to tap into the internet. Cubans already have access to the internet. This phone was to provide some sort of secure communications which the Cubans would not be able to monitor like the U.S. does. Not something the Jewish community in Cuba needed for any legitimate purpose. Our country's Cuba policy is so out of touch with reality. We are still trying to overthrow a government that has been there for over 50 years. If it was not a legitimate government it would have been replaced long ago. However, it has withstood U.S. might of the embargo and an uncountable number of assasination attempts by the CIA. It is truely amazing that the big U.S. behemoth is still so afraid on the Cuban mouse after all of these years.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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