Cuba’s Foreign Ministry says that the recent revelations about the U.S. government plan to create a “Cuban Twitter” for destabilizing purposes proves that Washington persists in its subversive plans against the island.
According to a report published yesterday by the Associated Press (AP) news agency, the U.S. government plan to create a communications network it called ZunZuneo was carried out with the goal of gaining acceptance among young Cubans in order to later push them toward dissidence.
The AP’s investigative report showed that the plan to undermine the Cuban government was promoted by the USAID agency (U.S. Agency for International Development), through clandestine front companies, with financing routed through foreign banks.
A statement from Josefina Vidal, Director General for U.S. Affairs at Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, emphasized that the information contained in the AP article is a confirmation of repeated denunciations from the Cuban government.
“Once again, it shows that the United States government has not renounced its subversive plans against Cuba, designed to destabilize the country in order to provoke change in our political system, and to which the U.S. government continues to dedicate multi-million dollar budgets every year,” she said.
Vidal also insisted that “the U.S. government must respect international law and the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter, thereby putting an end to its illegal and clandestine actions against Cuba that are rejected by the Cuban people and public opinion worldwide.”
Spanish Company Willing to Provide Information about Anti-Cuban Network
Spanish communication company Lleida.net said today that it is willing to provide access to essential information about its participation in the ZunZuneo project, a social network created by the U.S. government to stimulate political opposition in Cuba.
According to an investigative report by the Associated Press (AP), the project financed with U.S. taxpayer money included a contract with Lleida.com to send text messages to Cuba, stripped of their identifiers.
In a statement obtained by Prensa Latina, LLeida.net denied having participated “actively” in the program that ran from 2010 to 2012, and expressed its willingness to collaborate in clarifying the issue.
“If at any moment some of Lleida.net users have committed any illegal action, Lleida.net is, as it has always been, willing to furnish the necessary information to competent authorities through legal channels,” the statement said.
The company said that as a telecommunications operator, it must comply with privacy regulations and cannot verify, intervene in, or modify the content of customers’ messages.
Lleida.net is a telecommunications operator used by thousands of customers worldwide for the sending and receiving of text messaging, in a transparent manner.