Worst thing about 'Cuban Twittergate': Manipulative & empowers Cuban Gov in slandering cyber-activists as mercenaries http://t.co/PpdaUIocgy
— Ted Henken (@ElYuma) April 3, 2014
Remember, we’re broke. While the US government can not find money for greater public investment and is cutting food stamps it does have the resources to troll Cuba on twitter. Because that is the government’s job for some reason.
Not surprisingly, the campaign was organized by perpetual CIA front USAID. USAID operatives set up a series of front companies in hopes of covering their tracks, kind of like the CIA.
The plan was to loop people in with benign content then use the followers to launch destabilizing activities in Cuba.
Documents show the U.S. government planned to build a subscriber base through “non-controversial content”: news messages on soccer, music and hurricane updates. Later when the network reached a critical mass of subscribers, perhaps hundreds of thousands, operators would introduce political content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize “smart mobs” — mass gatherings called at a moment’s notice that might trigger a Cuban Spring, or, as one USAID document put it, “renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society.”
At its peak, the project drew in more than 40,000 Cubans to share news and exchange opinions. But its subscribers were never aware it was created by the U.S. government, or that American contractors were gathering their private data in the hope that it might be used for political purposes.
Really? This is what people who are supposed to be organizing humanitarian aid packages are doing all day long?
The Cuban people not only were unaware of the plan but now that it has been exposed actual democratic activists have taken a setback. By intervening in such a way the US government has guaranteed another round of recriminations that the US government is behind all reformers. Talk about counter-productive.
There’s also a legal question about whether USAID has any mandate to pull this nonsense. Even if we are in Cold War 2.0.