The administrator of the US Agency for International Aid and Development testifying before Senate Committee over his agency’s covert Cuban Twitter, said he didn’t “specifically” know who was behind the idea of creating the network of “discrete profile.”
Rajiv Shah appeared on Tuesday before a Senate Subcommittee hearing dealing with USAID’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget. At the core of the gathering was the social network ZunZuneo – or the so-called Cuban Twitter program – launched by agency with a suspected goal to stir unrest on the island.
Last week, a report by AP revealed that the USAID had overseen the creation of the text message-based service sparking accusations from Havana which blamed Washington of illegal activities to topple the communist government. The service – that reportedly lasted between 2009 and 2012 when the government grant ended – at its peak had around 68,000 subscribers in the Caribbean state with limited access to the internet.