US and Cuban officials are reportedly discussing an exchange that could bring Assata Shakur back to the U.S. in exchange for Cuban spy Ana Montes.
“Cuba has been a haven for US fugitives,” a federal law-enforcement official told NBC.
Shakur escaped prison in 1979 after she was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper, and has been living in Cuba since the 80’s.
Montes was a senior analyst for Cuban affairs with the Defense Intelligence Agency and was arrested on Sept. 21, 2001, and was charged with conspiracy to commit espionage for Cuba.
She was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is scheduled to be sprung in 2023.
In a statement issued by the State Department, they did not confirm that a deal was in the works.
“The United States continues to seek the return from Cuba of fugitives from U.S. justice. The Department repeatedly raises fugitive cases with the Cuban government and will continue to do so at every appropriate opportunity.”