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White House denies covert Twitter-style Cuba operation

Published on Apr 4, 2014 2:17 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House on Thursday denied that the US aid agency had mounted a secret social media project designed to provoke unrest against Cuba's communist leaders.

The denial followed a report that USAID, normally confined to humanitarian projects, tried to build a Twitter-style network to attract Cuban subscribers, which would eventually be used to distribute political content.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the program was a "development assistance" program designed to allow Cubans facing government restrictions on information access to civil society.

He said the program, first reported by the Associated Press, was conducted within US law, and had not been a secret since it was debated in Congress.

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