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US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

Desmond Butler, Jack Gillum, Alberto Arce, and Andrea Rodriguez

Associated Press

Aug 4, 2014


Over at least two years, the U.S. Agency for International Development — best known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid — sent nearly a dozen neophytes from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to gin up opposition in Cuba. The danger was apparent to USAID, if not to the young operatives: A USAID contractor, American Alan Gross, had just been hauled away to a Cuban jail for smuggling in sensitive technology. He remains there still.

USAID hired Creative Associates International, a Washington-based company, as part of a civil society program against Cuba's communist government. The same company was central to the creation of a 'Cuban Twitter' — a messaging network revealed in April by The Associated Press, designed to reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans."