AP: U.S. Agency Created 'Cuban Twitter' To Stir Political UnrestPlay
An Associated Press investigation released today reveals that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) created a Twitter-like company in Cuba. The goal was to undermine the Cuban government by giving disgruntled citizens the tools to more easily organize and communicate.
The company, called Zunzuneo, gradually grew to include more than 40,000 Cuban subscribers who had no idea their messages were being monitored and their personal data was being gathered by the U.S. government.
The operation lasted more than two years and cost about $1.6 million — money that had been earmarked for a project in Pakistan.
Jack Gillum is one of the reporters who conducted the investigation. He joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson from Washington to discuss the findings.
- Jack Gillum, reporter for the Associated Press. He tweets @jackgillum.
This segment aired on April 3, 2014.