What’s next for Assata Shakur? With Havana’s humanitarian release of American Alan Gross—A USAID worker who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years on accusations of espionage—President Obama announced a resumption in relations between the two countries after 53 years.
“Neither the American nor the Cuban people are well-served by a rigid policy that’s rooted in events that took place before most of us were born,” Obama said Wednesday in his White House speech. “It’s time for a new approach.”
In exchange for the Gross’s release, the U.S. released the three remaining members of the “Cuban Five,” Cuban citizens who were convicted of spying in Miami in 2001. Cuba also released 53 political prisoners, and a valuable U.S. spy who is a Cuban native.
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