Saturday, April 5, 2014

Is USAID the New CIA? Agency Secretly Built Cuban Twitter Program To Fuel Anti-Castro Protests

"U.S. secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest."

That is the name of an explosive new article by the Associated Press detailing how the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), created a fake Twitter program to undermine the Cuban government. The communications network was called "ZunZuneo" — slang for a Cuban hummingbird's tweet.

It was reportedly built with secret shell companies financed through foreign banks. According to AP, the United States planned to use the platform to spread political content that might trigger a Cuban Spring, or, as one USAID document put it, "renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society."

We speak to Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive.

He recently wrote an article in Foreign Policy called, "Our Man in Havana:

Was USAID planning to overthrow Castro?"

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