April 4, 2014
It appears the U.S. government is doing its best to ensure that
nobody anywhere in any corner of planet earth will ever trust American
technology again (or U.S. aid for that matter). This process of distrust
first really got going with the Edward Snowden revelations, which
demonstrated that essentially all major U.S. tech firms are mere wards of the state with little to no privacy protections, and absolutely zero backbone.
This story of the U.S. government covertly creating a “Cuban Twitter”
called ZunZuneo in order to overthrow the regime there has enormous
long-term ramifications on many, many levels, which I will address
throughout this post.
From the AP via The Washington Post:
WASHINGTON — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government
official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to
build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist
McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from
Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver. Their mission: to
launch a messaging network that could reach hundreds of thousands of
Cubans. To hide the network from the Cuban government, they
would set up a byzantine system of front companies using a Cayman
Islands bank account, and recruit unsuspecting executives who would not
be told of the company’s ties to the U.S. government.
McSpedon didn’t work for the CIA. This was a program paid
for and run by the U.S. Agency for International Development, best
known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid.
Now we can pretty much guarantee that foreign nations will forever be skeptical of any U.S. “aid”. Great work morons.