President Obama has secured the release of Alan Gross, a U.S. contractor who had been imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, and will talk about it and other major changes he is making to U.S. Cuba policy, according to reports.
Obama is set to speak from the White House an noon Eastern Time. I will live stream it for you.
According to CNN:
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administration officials tell CNN.
President Obama is expected to announce Gross’ release at noon.
Gross’ “humanitarian” release by Cuba was accompanied by a separate spy swap, the officials said. Cuba also freed a U.S. intelligence source who has been jailed in Cuba for more than 20 years, although authorities did not identify that person for security reasons. The U.S. released three Cuban intelligence agents convicted of espionage in 2001
President Barack Obama is also set to announce a broad range of diplomatic and regulatory measures in what officials called the most sweeping change in U.S. policy toward Cuba since the 1961 embargo was imposed.
I don’t know, but I smell more unilateral actions on the way . . .