By Elaine Donnelly
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An American man imprisoned in Cuba on charges of crimes against the state was being tracked by island authorities since 2004 and traveled there at least five times in 2009 to set up sophisticated wireless Internet networks, according to a purported leaked court filing.
Earlier this month, U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor Alan Gross was sentenced by a Cuban court to 15 years in prison for "crimes against the state." Mr. Gross' attorney, Peter J. Kahn, concluded in February that his client was caught in the middle of a long-standing political dispute between Cuba and the United States. I agree.
A U.S. government contractor went on trial in Cuba on Friday in a case sure to have a profound impact on relations between the Cold War enemies.
"The trial evidence cited in the document confirms that Alan's actions were intended to improve the Internet and Intranet connectivity of Cuba's small, peaceful, non-dissident, Jewish community," he said.
"This document is further confirmation of what we have said all along _ the Cuban authorities cannot point to any action by Alan P. Gross intended to subvert their government," Peter J. Kahn said in a statement, without explicitly confirming the document's authenticity.