The subversive USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) program against Cuba known as ZunZuneo may have been part of President Barack Obama’s overall espionage plan as revealed by Edward Snowden. This is the view of the Secretary General of Panama’s Unified Popular Movement, Olmedo Beluche, expressed in an interview granted to Prensa Latina regarding the ZunZuneo program, as revealed by the Associated Press; a Twitter-like messaging platform meant to destabilize Cuba.
Snowden has revealed how Obama’s government has followed the practices of his predecessor, George W. Bush, spying without restraint on millions of U.S. citizens and the rest of the world, including allied governments and leaders, and ZunZuneo is certainly part of that, he said.
According to the U.S. news agencies themselves, explained Beluche, the proposition of this messaging network was to use it to distribute news items that would foster discomfort and confusion among recipients, who would be entirely unaware that they were being manipulated by a secret U.S. agency.
This kind of manipulation of the news is possible because people often believe, mistakenly, that the news media are neutral actors, and do not engage in critical thinking to ask themselves who is sending certain kinds of messages, and why, he warned.
Luckily, he added, this network was unmasked by U.S. authorities themselves, leading to the failure of the original plan, which was to take action from the shadows against Cuba.
“I’m not at all surprised that USAID would execute such a plan, since that agency, along with the defunct ‘Alliance for Progress,’ and other U.S. entities, was created in the 1960’s as a response to the ‘counter-insurgency’ of the Cuban Revolution, and its example for all of Latin America.
All U.S. agencies, including those which appear completely harmless, have a common objective, to be realized through distinct methods: maintaining Washington’s imperial control over the entire continent, warned Beruche.
According to a number of specialists on geopolitical affairs, in the wake of the disastrous military aggressions against Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and its European allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), are attempting to carry out interventions via more sophisticated methods.
Beluche said that networks such as ZunZuneo are part of this idea to manipulate people without their awareness.
In the case of ZunZuneo, he says, the USAID was used so that the CIA might engage in undercover actions, the better to accomplish the manipulation. A direct action would be suspected by too many people who would then fail to be manipulated, in addition to providing the Cuban government with the opportunity to take direct and immediate counter-measures.
“For that reason,” he said, “from Panama, which is a country that has suffered from repeated Yankee imperialist aggressions of all kinds, we denounce this kind of subtle U.S. intervention against Cuba.”