White House denies covert Twitter-style Cuba operation

The White House on Thursday denied that the US aid agency had mounted a secret social media project designed to provoke unrest against Cuba’s communist leaders.

The denial followed a report that USAID, normally confined to humanitarian projects, tried to build a Twitter-style network to attract Cuban subscribers, which would eventually be used to distribute political content.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the program was a “development assistance” program designed to allow Cubans facing government restrictions on information access to civil society.

He said the program, first reported by the Associated Press, was conducted within US law, and had not been a secret since it was debated in Congress.
The AP report said that the network aimed to build subscribers at first with non controversial content on weather and sports before moving onto political messaging when the service expanded.

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I saw those earlier reports, but doubted that the Obama administration was up for something like that. It remains unclear to me just what they are doing.