(NBC News) A U.S. government contractor sentenced to 15 years prison in Cuba contacted NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday, reaching out from prison in Havana to plead for help.
"Get me the hell out of here," Brian Gross told Mitchell, she reported on NBC News with Brian Williams.
The Maryland native, who has served two and a half years, was convicted of crimes against the state for bringing satellite and other communications equipment onto the island as part of a USAID-funded democracy-building program. Cuba considers such programs an attempt to destabilize the government.
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