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[liberationtech] US created secret Twitter network in Cuba

Michael Rogers michael at briarproject.org
Thu Apr 3 06:56:42 PDT 2014


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It's news because it was a covert project, which USAID supposedly
doesn't engage in.

> "There will be absolutely no mention of United States government 
> involvement," according to a 2010 memo from Mobile Accord, one of
> the project's contractors. "This is absolutely crucial for the
> long-term success of the service and to ensure the success of the
> Mission."
> 
> The program's legality is unclear: U.S. law requires that any 
> covert action by a federal agency must have a presidential 
> authorization. Officials at USAID would not say who had approved
> the program or whether the White House was aware of it.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-secretly-created-cuban-twitter-stir-unrest

Cheers,
Michael

On 03/04/14 14:54, Katy Pearce wrote:
> I don't see why this is news. Many people and organizations on this
> list are working on similar projects, funded by AID. The framing of
> the article with Cuban Spring and all that was problematic.
> 
> On Apr 3, 2014 6:09 AM, "Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes" 
> <alps6085 at gmail.com <mailto:alps6085 at gmail.com>> wrote:
> 
> FYI
> 
> http://m.voanews.com/a/ap-report-us-secretly-created-cuban-social-media-network/1885374.html
>
> 
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