Gary Giordano interviewed on Good Morning America, denies all
(ABC7/AP) -- Gary Giordano is back in the United States, and he's talking.
Giordano, 50, was released from an Aruban jail earlier this week after spending 116 days behind bars. He remains the only suspect in the mysterious disappearance of Robyn Gardner, who went missing while the two traveled together in August.
In his first television appearance since returning to the United States on Thursday, Giordano immediately went on the defensive in an interview with Robin Roberts on ABC7's Good Morning America.
Giordano "interviews himself"
"We were 100 yards from scuba diving store with tanks in back," Giordano said when asked about the sea conditions when he and Gardner went diving. "It was not a 'remote location.'"
Flanked by his three sons and his attorney, Jose Baez, he also told Roberts that he was going to "interview himself," if she "didn't mind."
He went on to deny reports that he and Gardner had been drinking on Aug. 2, the day she disappeared. Giordano said he had never heard those reports.
"We didn't order drinks," Giordano said. "We didn't drink anything. We were a sober couple."
"There's a mountain of nothing," Baez said, in regards to media reports of the amount of circumstantial evidence against his client. "Not even a mountain of sand as it relates to any crime."
Giordano also tried to clarify aspects of his behavior that investigators have called suspicious, including a large insurance policy he had taken out on himself and Gardner prior to the trip.
He said the $1.5 million accidental death policy he took out on Gardner was part of a travel insurance package that covered both of them. He said he always takes out travel insurance because he wants his three sons to be protected if something happens to him.
"If I go traveling and I disappear, I want them to be covered. I maxed out on everything," Giordano said.
He said he inquired about the insurance two days after Gardner's disappearance on the advice of his former attorney, who told him he could be billed for expenses related to the search for her.
Suspect returns to United States after release
Giordano says that Gardner was swept out to sea during a snorkeling expedition off the coast of the island. Gardner, a Frederick native, hasn't been seen since.
Instead of returning to his Gaithersburg home, though, the 50-year-old Giordano is in New York. He has never been formally charged by Aruban authorities in the case.
"Throughout the entire process it's been a fishing expedition, and it's time for them to cut bait," Baez told Good Morning America earlier this week.
Gardner family "very disappointed"
A cousin of Gardner says the family is "very disappointed" that they are "no closer to finding out what happened" to her even as suspect in her death was expected to be released from jail.
The cousin, Kelly Reed, said the family made the statement Tuesday in response to the anticipated release in Aruba of Giordano, a businessman from Gaithersburg.
Reed wrote that the family trusts that authorities will "continue their fervent efforts" to investigate Gardner's disappearance.
Aruba's solicitor general, Taco Stein, says authorities continue to seek Giordano's extradition back to the island.
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