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US government opens probe into anti-Cuba social media program
Published on July 19, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A US government investigator has launched a probe into the program aimed at setting up a Twitter-like social network for Cuba in 2010 called Zunzuneo, in order to find out if was appropriately supervised by the US administration.

The probe will focus on the process used by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to evade Cuban laws on Internet access, according to PL news agency, which cites an article published on Thursday by The Washington Post.

According to a report by The Associated Press, over 1,000 documents confirmed the creation of the Zuzuneo network, promoted by USAID, whose aim was to become popular among Cuban youth and to then "push them into dissidence."

Several US legislators, including Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, strongly criticized the plan and questioned up to what extent the US Congress was informed about it.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee ordered a review of the Zunzuneo program and of USAID, and it also ordered the surrender of all documents on the anti-Cuba platform.

Political analysts say that the actions by USAID are also counterproductive to US policy and a violation of Cuban sovereignty.
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