With new leaders in charge in both Washington and Havana, there have been numerous speculations about changes/improvements in U.S.-Cuba relations. For example, in December Raúl Castro floated the possibility of releasing from his gulag certain political prisoners in exchange for five Cuban spies convicted of spying, murder and other charges in the United States.
The idea is a non-starter because there is no comparison between the so-called "Cuban Five," convicted in open American courts, and political prisoners, convicted without any semblance of due process, locked away in Castro's dungeons because of their opposition to his communist regime. But it did spark some speculation about who might be included in such a trade of prisoners.
One name mentioned was Rolando Sarraf Trujillo.
Not much information was available about Sarraf, except that he was a Cuban intelligence agent convicted in July 2003 of espionage and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Which is why the Castro dictatorship may consider Sarraf to be trade bait.