USAID Tied To Secret "Cuban Twitter" Operation

USAID Tied To Secret "Cuban Twitter" Operation

An Associated Press investigation revealed that the U.S. Agency for International Development secretly created a social media platform in Cuba with the intention of fueling political unrest. During the more than two-year program, USAID...

An Associated Press investigation revealed that the U.S. Agency for International Development secretly created a social media platform in Cuba with the intention of fueling political unrest. During the more than two-year program, USAID employed a network of tech-savvy entrepreneurs, front companies and foreign bank accounts to launch the Cuban Twitter-like service without the knowledge of Raul Castro's government. Kojo talks first with an AP reporter involved in the investigation and then hears from an associate of the Washington Office on Latin America to understand how the revelations affect U.S.-Cuban relations going forward.

Guests

Jack Gillum

Reporter, Associated Press Washington Investigative Team

Marc Hanson

Senior Associate for Cuba, Washington Office on Latin America

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