So your argument is that Cuba can make it illegal for the US Government to hire people?
Not at all. I haven't seen the "US government" jailed for hiring people. Therefore, whether the Cubans have the right to outlaw certain actions of the US government or not is irrelevant. In this case, they didn't even try. How do you imagine that would work?
He chose to do things while in the US that are completely legal under US Law. In fact most of them are actually required by US Law.
And he chose to do them in Cuba, where US law doesn't apply, and, *gasp*, Cuban law applies.
And again, you're bringing up the strawman of unconditional release. I have never argued that Cuba's only choice was unconditional release.
So, what conditions is Cuba allowed to request before the release? Because you insist on releasing him even before negotiations have taken place. Do you want them to demand conditions after they release him? If that is not unconditional, I don't know what it is.
As I said before, if they wanted to release him the time for negotiations would have been back in early 2010.
Because NicBenjamin says so? I gave you an example of a guy who wasn't released by the US until around five years after the arrest. And as you said earlier, very eloquently, there are not a lot of comunications channels between Cuba and the US. I really doubt Cuba turned down any oportunity for (meaningful) negotiation.
the objective standard used is "what did those other guys do when they had a similar spat four years ago?"
Oh, good, then. The closest case to this between Cuba and the US have been the Cuban Five. And we know what the US did. If there is another more similar case where the US acted differently, please enlighten me.
Read the charges against him. He got 30 years for transmitting classified information, and five for failing to register as a foreign agent.
Goalposts moved. I read the charges. So, your contention is that he was charged under two laws for the same action, and Gross was charged under only one? As far as I know, Cuba has no law requiring the registration of foreign agents, but it has one forbidding crimes against the state by foreign agents. Go figure.
Also, I doubt that the russian guy did his planning in US soil. As per your first argument in your reply, are you saying that the US can make it illegal for the Soviet Government to hire people?