HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Spanish media company Lleida.net expressed its willingness to provide relevant information about its participation in the ZunZuneo project, a social network created by the US government to promote opposition in Cuba.
According to research by the Associated Press news agency, the project, funded with US public money, included hiring Lleida.net to send messages to Cuba without any identifying details.
In a statement Prensa Latina news agency had access to, LLeida.net denies having participated "actively” in the program that ran from 2010 to 2012 and expressed its readiness to assist in the clarification of the facts.
"If at any time users of Lleida.net have committed any illegal act, Lleida.net is, as it has always been, at the disposal of the competent authorities to provide the necessary information provided by the legally established channels," the statement read.
The company argued that, as a telecommunications operator, it is subject to secrecy of communications and cannot verify, intervene or modify the contents of the messages from clients.
Lleida.net is a telecommunications operator used by thousands of customers worldwide for sending and receiving text messages transparently, it explained.
Carlos Sanchez Almeida, a lawyer specializing in European protection law, told AP the program appeared to violate Spanish privacy laws.
Sánchez Almeida hinted that, to acquire the initial subscriber base, the creators of the ZunZuneo network probably used personal information from a phone list obtained illegally and unsolicited messages were sent through a Spanish platform.
The information released in an Associated Press article on Thursday confirmed the repeated denunciations of the programme issued by the Cuban government, the Cuban foreign ministry said in a statement referring to the revelations of plans by Washington to destabilize the island.
In the statement, the general director for the United States at the foreign ministry said that the issue revealed that the US administration has not renounced its subversive plans against Cuba, aimed at creating destabilizing situations to lead to political changes, all based on multi-million dollar funds every year.
The government of the United States must respect international law and the aims and principles of the UN Charter and, therefore, it must stop its illegal and covert actions against Cuba, which are rejected by the Cuban people and world public opinion, the statement read.