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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    trade em some car parts...cuba has alot of old cars that need repair despartately...


    September 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anon

    How can a private citizen go to Cuba? Isn't it not allowed?

    September 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      Direct flights are not allowed, but you can take a connecting flight from many other countries. It's really just for show at this point.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT ( shark feeder )

    sure you can go... the comming back is the hard part....


    September 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    Another religious idiot that we have to rescue.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. smartypants

    Richardson will take notes on how Cuba's communist government works and bring them back to America. The left LOVES Cuba and uses this country as a blueprint for America.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jordan scene©

    Come on people when will you learn to stay out of these communist countries, especially the ones that don't like Americans? Then break their laws on top of it all? I feel for him and his family, but he should have known the concsequences of his actions ahead of time. Its nice he wanted to help beef up their internet, but he broke the law and got punished according to their laws, US laws don't fly there. I hope the Cuban authorities will let him off with a warning since he was a non violent offender and more of a political hostage.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. j denis huggard

    hello-russian yak that went down sept 7/2011-the int hockey federation/nhl h. o-should hire aviation large death legal specialist to immediatly file full death/dismemberment clain in int courts-do not let the russians get away with this ugly murder-due to continued reall stupid maintenance of all aerflot aircraft

    September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    @jordanscene: Couldna said it any better. We are guests in their country. Why do we think we should be exempt when we break their laws ?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fred ca

    What a wonderful choice to negotiate with a corrupt government. In exchange for a railroaded American Bill can offer them some judgeships and a side order of green loans in exchange for the prisoner and some bundled contributions (some of that in small bills please).

    September 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |

    Our curreny policy toward Cuba is one of total stupidity!!! Even a moron would never continue it. Fidel Castro is a very good man despite all the attempts of the right-wing news media to villify him. I guess that the Italian Cosa Nostra likes the policy we're following. Barack Obama had an excellent chance to normalize relations with Cuba but maliciously chose otherwise. Then again, this bozo did everything wrong since he got into the White House!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT (kcmo resident and smoker of fine purple kush)

      dear retarded troll.. please eat my (_)(_):::::::D
      when your done go back to yuor troll bridge...

      September 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I remember when this story first appeared on this blog.
    I had said that I felt sorry for him, when in Rome...and another poster tried repeatedly to draw me into an argument, asking why I thought the Cuban people didn't deserve internet, etc.
    Basically, he was trying to make me out to be some kind of ogre.
    Well, while I am sympathetic to the plight of the common Cuban people, my answer still stands; and being from the United States does not make one exempt from the law in another country, even if it is legal here.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    Cubans get what they want. If they were unhappy, they should have deposed fidel, not come to america.

    I have no doubt this guy was paid way too much to go work in cuba. Like the contractors in iraq. They bought their ticket. I say, let em crash

    September 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |

    Our curreny policy toward Cuba is one that's correct!!! We should never discontinue it. Fidel Castro is a very evil man and all the attempts of the right-wing news media to villify him are spot on. I guess that the Italian Cosa Nostra despises the policy we’re following. Barack Obama should never try to normalize relations with Cuba!!! Again, Obama has done everything right since he has gotten into the White House!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |

      Trolled again by another mindless Tea Partier. These people never quit as I figuered that they'd get around to this sonner or later!

      September 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    Ruffnut I think the troll just trolled me with your name in another thread>

    September 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Ohio mom

    September 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
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