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Cuban spy unrepentant, but hopes for better ties

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HAVANA (AP) -

A Cuban-American who spent 13 years in a U.S. prison for espionage says he still has deep affection for the United States and hopes to see the two countries reconcile.

   But Rene Gonzalez adds in an interview with The Associated Press that he does not regret his decision to spy for Cuba.

   Gonzalez also says he would welcome an exchange of prisoners that would send a jailed U.S. government subcontractor home in return for freedom for four other Cuban agents still serving sentences in America.

   Monday's interview was Gonzalez's first since a U.S. judge ruled Friday that he could remain in Cuba in return for renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

   He had been serving three years' probation in the United States following his 2011 release from a federal prison.

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