Alan Gross, Che Guevara portrait: Former Cuba prisoner captured in strange juxtaposition.

Freed Cuban Prisoner Accidentally (?) Sits for Picture in Front of Che Portrait

Freed Cuban Prisoner Accidentally (?) Sits for Picture in Front of Che Portrait

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Dec. 17 2014 3:47 PM

American Just Freed From Cuban Prison Accidentally (?) Sits for Picture in Front of Che Guevara Portrait

American citizen Alan Gross was freed today after five years as a prisoner in Cuba. He was imprisoned for attempting to bring communications equipment to Cuban religious groups.

Che Guevara was a revolutionary who fought alongside Fidel Castro, whose brother Raul continues to lead the regime that imprisoned Gross. Guevara's antipathy for human rights and dissent within Cuba is infamous.

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Here's a picture just tweeted by New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley. Note the upper right corner:

Yes, that's Che! And no, I don't know what's going on (wording suggests maybe the picture was taken in Cuba?)—but I've put in inquiries with Gilbert and Zuckman and will update this post if I hear back.