The Cuban deputy director for American affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gustavo Machin, made news a couple of days ago when he said that the extradition of Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, was "off the table" as the US and Cuba tip-toe towards renewed diplomatic relations.
Officials from New Jersey, where Shakur was tried and convicted of killing a police officer on very questionable evidence (for background I recommend this interview with Shakur's lawyer, Lennox Hinds), have been pressing the US State Department to demand Shakur's extradition. In 2013, forty years after the shootout that almost killed her, the FBI named Shakur the most-wanted woman in the world and offered a two million dollar reward (bounty?) for her capture. Gov. Chris Christie, and Senator Robert Menendez have seized on this moment to make some political hay, writing to Secretary of State John Kerry that, "It is essential to recognize that the Castro regime has a long track record of providing sanctuary to terrorists and harboring U.S. fugitives who have murdered American citizens, while undermining international security." (Of course, this finger pointing can work in both directions: Exhibit A -- Luis Posada Carriles.)
Apparent summary so far: The US wants Shakur returned to the US to serve out the prison term from which she escaped in 1984, but the Cuban government has put its foot down, citing the questionable trial and evidence against Shakur.
A well-placed Cuban source of mine tells a different story. According to him, the US State Department has no intention of asking for Shakur's extradition. For political reasons, they are willing to allow the Cuban's to snatch the headlines. Most likely they will keep a low profile and do their best to avoid the topic altogether.
Their rationale, however, is interesting. Over the more-than thirty years that Shakur has lived in Cuba, she has become an beacon to the island's Afro-Cubans, whose status under the Castro's can be debated. According to my source, the US State Department has no desire to alienate Afro-Cubans who are seen as an important future source of ideas and leadership in post-Castro Cuba. Therefore, they will avoid disrupting the life of Shakur who has promoted a sense of Afro-Cuban and African Diaspora identity.