Earlier this year, it was revealed that USAID had attempted to create a “Cuban Twitter” with the aim of regime change in the Caribbean island. This week, another similar initiative from the US development agency was revealed.
According to the AP:
The plan called for contractors to recruit scores of Cuban musicians for projects disguised as cultural initiatives but really aimed at stoking a movement of fans to challenge the government. They filmed TV shows and set up a social network to connect some 200 musicians and artists on the island, who would be encouraged to start a social movement. Artists were flown to Europe ostensibly for concerts and video workshops but the real aim was to groom them as activists. The hip-hop operation was conceived by one of USAID’s largest contractors, Creative Associates International, using a team of Serbian music promoters. The Washington-based contractor also led other efforts aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government, including a secret Cuban Twitter text messaging service and an operation that sent in young inexperienced Latin American “tourists” to recruit a new generation of activists. The collection of USAID missions, which were all undertaken over the same period and cost millions, failed.