Report: USAID Staged Civic Programs to Destabilize Cuban Gov’t
A new report has revealed a U.S. agency sent Latin American recruits to Cuba to secretly foment anti-government activism under the guise of civic causes like HIV prevention. The Associated Press reveals the U.S. Agency for International Development sent nearly a dozen young people from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to Cuba to organize anti-government sentiment during President Obama’s first term. The operatives were given sparse training and paid as little as $5.41 an hour. There is no evidence they succeeded in their mission. The program was launched just after USAID contractor Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba, where he remains in jail on suspicion of being a U.S. spy. As part of the program, USAID hired Creative Associates International, a firm that also played a key role in the "Cuban Twitter" program — a fake social media program launched in another bid to undermine the Cuban government.