The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.First, the network would build a Cuban audience, mostly young people; then, the plan was to push them toward dissent.
Yet its users were neither aware it was created by a U.S. agency with ties to the State Department, nor that American contractors were gathering personal data about them, in the hope that the information might be used someday for political purposes.
The Cuban government declined a request for comment.
The project, dubbed “ZunZuneo,” slang for a Cuban hummingbird’s tweet, was publicly launched shortly after the 2009 arrest in Cuba of American contractor Alan Gross.
The agency said its work was found to be “consistent with U.S. law”.
The AP obtained more than 1,000 pages of documents about the project’s development.
One candidate, Francoise de Valera, told the AP she was told nothing about Cuba or U.S. involvement.
USAID told the AP that ZunZuneo stopped in September 2012 when a government grant ended.
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