BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen only casually knew Alan Gross before Cubans imprisoned the aide worker, but he became intimately involved in the effort to free Gross. For years, he pressed the White House and the Castro regime, and he was there the moment it happened.
Van Hollen tells WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren that journey was filled with uncertainty.
“Given the ups and downs over the last five years, it’s certainly one of those cases where it’s not over till it’s over. When you have so many different moving parts to integrate, there’s always the risk that something leaks out,” Van Hollen said.
Van Hollen said he first got a call last week from National Security Advisor Susan Rice telling him the plan to free Gross was a go. He was to board the plane with Gross’ wife Judy in tow for a 5 a.m. Wednesday departure–destination…
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