The United States helped a Cuban spy imprisoned in California artificially inseminate his wife in Cuba, a goodwill gesture while Washington and Havana were engaged in secret talks on restoring diplomatic ties, U.S. officials said Monday.
Now Gerardo Hernandez and his wife, Adriana Perez, are expecting his baby in two weeks, even though he was locked up for 16 years without conjugal visits. It will be a girl called Gema, Cuban official media said.
Hernandez was serving a double-life sentence at the U.S. federal penitentiary in Victorville until his release on Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap, which was completed the same day the United States and Cuba announced they would restore diplomatic ties after more than 50 years.
The United States freed Hernandez and two other Cuban agents in exchange for U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, a Cuban who had been spying for Washington, and 53 unidentified prisoners.