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Did Russ Whitney go to Cuba? A couple of readers have reported to me that Russ Whitney visited Cuba. Is there anything wrong with that? Maybe. It depends. The United States has a number of extraordinary laws regarding who can visit Cuba and what they can do when they are there. Click here to see a summary of them. My understanding is that a U.S. citizen needs a permit to visit Cuba legally. I also understand that such permits are granted only to certain categories of persons like those with relatives who live in Cuba, journalists, athletes who are competing in Cuba, and so forth. I also understand that even persons who obtain such a permit are very restricted as to what they can do while in Cuba. I am told that Whitney went to Cuba on or about November 22, 2002 by boat from Key West. Readers of this Web site have been a bountiful source of information in my defense against Whitney' litigation against me. Here is what I am trying to find out from readers about this matter: "¢ Did Whitney go to Cuba? "¢ If so, when? "¢ Did he have U.S. government permission to go there? "¢ How did he get there? "¢ Why did he go? "¢ How did he conduct himself on the boat? "¢ How did he conduct himself in Cuba? "¢ Did he make any statements to U.S. Customs officials regarding a trip to Cuba? "¢ What money, if any, did he spend while in Cuba? The general tone of Whitney' litigation against me is that he is an upstanding citizen and respectable businessman and that I have illegally hurt him by suggesting otherwise. If he broke any laws with regard to Cuba"”five months after initiating litigation against me"”it would be relevant in court. Thanks, John T. Reed Copyright 2004 by John T. Reed John T. Reed, a.k.a. John Reed, Jack Reed, 342 Bryan Drive, Alamo, CA 94507, Voice: 925-820-7262, Fax: 925-820-1259, www.johntreed.com

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