American officials should be cautious when meeting with dissidents because such contact can bring trouble, including jail, former political prisoner Oscar Espinosa Chepe said.
He said he wound up in prison after getting together with U.S. officials at the Interests Section in Havana. He said Cuban authorities used the meetings against him when convicting him of crimes against the socialist government.
Despite his experiences, Espinosa Chepe said he is optimistic and believes it is time for the Cuban government to leave totalitarianism behind and rebuild the nation.
He said U.S. policy toward Cuba is more reasonable under the administration of Barack Obama than it was under George Bush. He said:
A soft landing to democracy is possible.