US Secretly Built Cuban Twitter to Stir Unrest
Published April 3rd, 2014
The Obama administration secretly financed a social network in Cuba to stir political unrest and undermine the country's communist government.
An investigation found the program evaded Cuba's internet restrictions by creating a text-messaging service that could be used to organize political demonstrations.
It drew in tens of thousands of subscribers who were unaware that it was backed by the United States government.
Documents and interviews show the U.S. agency went to extensive lengths to conceal it's involvement in a so called Cuban Twitter account.
They set up front companies overseas and routed money through a Cayman Island bank to hide the money trail.
The project was launched shortly after American contractor Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba for undertaking cover work to expand internet access.
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