U.S. dirty tricks

Print edition : May 30, 2014

The “Cuban Twitter” at its peak attracted 40,000 subscribers whose numbers were obtained illegally. Here, a woman uses her cell phone as she sits on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. Photo: Franklin Reyes/AP

Senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the USAID budget, and Rajiv Shah, USAID administrator, in Washington on April 8, following the subcommittee's hearing of USAID's 2015 budget. Shah claimed that the ZunZuneo project was not a “covert” operation but only a “discreet” programme. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Alan Gross, an American contractor sent by USAID to Cuba, who is now serving term in a Cuban jail. He was asked to distribute discreetly communication equipment to "dissidents". Photo: James L. Berenthal/AP

An investigation blows the lid off USAID’s covert Twitter-like platform aimed at destabilising the Cuban government.
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