Castro Offers to Release Dissidents for Freedom of “Cuban 5”
Cuban President Raul Castro has offered the US an unprecedented deal to exchange imprisoned Cuban dissidents in return for five Cubans jailed in the United States. The “Cuban Five” are serving prison terms of up to twenty-five years for allegedly spying for the Cuban government. The Cuban government maintains they weren’t spying on the US, but trying to monitor right-wing exile groups that have organized violent attacks on Cuba. Speaking in Brazil, Castro also renewed his calls for talks with the incoming Obama White House.