Wife of man jailed in Cuba pleads for his release

WASHINGTON—The wife of a Maryland man jailed in Cuba as an accused spy has written to Cuban President Raul Castro to apologize and plead for his release.

Judy Gross’ husband Alan Gross was arrested at the Havana airport in December 2009. He was working as a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the government office that provides economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide.

Judy Gross wrote in a letter dated Aug. 4 and first reported Sunday by Reuters that her husband never intended to harm the government or the people of Cuba. She also wrote that the couple’s 26-year-old daughter has breast cancer and that the family needs Alan Gross at home.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for his release in June.

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