“Cuba’s Jewish Hostage”

The Washington Post has this editorial about Alan Gross, “who passed the holiday in a Cuban military facility, where he has been imprisoned for a year without trial because he tried to help Cuba’s Jews. Mr. Gross, a 61-year-old specialist in international development, traveled to Cuba under a contract from the State Department’s Agency for International Development.”

I was struck by this sentence: “Because of the loss of his income, his wife has been forced to move from their Potomac home to a small apartment in Washington.” If Gross has been imprisoned while doing contract work for the U.S. government, shouldn’t the government keep paying his salary while he’s in prison? Or, if his contract was through a third party, shouldn’t his employer keep paying his salary?