person. he's sincere. he's honest. >> last year when senator patrick leahy visited cuba to help check on alan gross, perez tracked the senator and his wife down with an urgent and unusual plea. >> she didn't know if she would see her husband out of prison. she loved him very much. she wanted to have his child. she's now her 40s and she's afraid it may never happen. >> leahy interviewed arranging the delivery of hernandez's sperm to cuba where the captor regime funded the art official insemination procedures. >> it was a human thing. it had nothing to do with the politics of the two countries. it was just a family value. a human thing. >> there is some outrage about the conception. the senior of one of the cub cuban-americans killed in one of the planes called the entire effort absurd. here we are going way overboard so the guy has a child? it doesn't make any sense she told nbc news. >> it's tragic the people were shot down. let's not take it out on a child. years later a child that can be born into a loving family. >> that was nbc kate snow reporting in cuba. hernandez and the cuban fiv
gross stood up. also on that plane, senators pat leahy and blake. he was met with bowls of popcorn and a corn beef sandwich on rye with mustard. he called his daughters and his sister bonnie and told them, i'm free. gross first learned he was released when he got a call yesterday from his lawyer. he was embraced at ann draw's air force base, you can see a picture now by john kerry who just flew back from europe. kerry in fact was critically important in this entire exchange and also in the normalization of relations. as we await the president's remarks from the president with the white house, let me give you a little bit of background on john kerry's relationship. i am told that kerry and his first talks with president obama about joining the administration coming from the senate, asked about what would be the possibility of normalizing relations with havana. this had always been one of kerry's top agenda items. they discussed it, discussed how it would go forward. alan gross's imprisonment was always an impediment. they engaged the vatican, pope francis got personally involved. and i'
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