The Castro regime has replied to a letter by over 40 U.S. Senators asking for the humanitarian release of American development worker, Alan Gross, held in a Cuban prison since December 2009.
In its response, the head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., Jose Ramon Cabanas, states:
To demand from and hope for the Cuban Government to take the unilateral decision of releasing Mr. Gross without giving any consideration whatsoever to the legitimate concerns of our country is not a realistic approach...And what are the regime's "legitimate" concerns?
...[E]nclosed is a summary information on the case of the Five Cubans who remain unjustly imprisoned or retained in the United States, in respect of whom Cuba has legitimate humanitarian concerns.Alan Gross is the person seized or held as security.
The so-called Cuban Five are the condition for his release.
That is a hostage-taking.