White House urges Cuba to release U.S. contractor

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Posted: Dec 02, 2011 2:13 PM
White House urges Cuba to release U.S. contractor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday urged Cuba to immediately release jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross, saying it was "past time" to allow him to return home.

"Cuban authorities have failed in their effort to use Mr. Gross as a pawn for their own ends," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in response to a question.

(Reporting by Caren Bohan and Jeff Mason; Editing by Todd Eastham)