Venezuela frees US filmmaker jailed as alleged spy

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This undated family photo released Thursday, April 25, 2013, shows Timothy Tracy inside of a vehicle in Venezuela. The U.S. filmmaker, who was jailed on espionage charges in Venezuela, has been released and is on his way back to the United States, says his sister Tiffany Tracy. Family and friends say the 35-year-old Hollywood producer and actor had been making a documentary about Venezuelan politics when he was arrested on April 24 at Caracas' airport as he tried to leave the country to attend his father's 80th birthday in suburban Detroit. (AP Photo/Family courtesy photo, File)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A U.S. filmmaker jailed for alleged espionage in Venezuela was expelled from the country and returned to the United States on Wednesday in a gesture that could signal a thaw in tense relations between the two countries.