The US, which held the men without charge or trial for more than a decade, was absent from negotiations between Uruguay and the former prisoners.
As allegations of cronyism and corruption engulf the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Gov. Scott Walker has been removed as chairman.
Andrew Smith is the author of "Totally Wired: on the Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle" and"Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth." You can follow him at @wiresmith.