'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress


WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a "Cuban Twitter" communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify before a senator who thinks the whole idea was dumb.

The congressional hearing could resolve key questions around the program, including whether the Obama administration adequately informed lawmakers about it.

Administration officials Thursday defended the program, saying it had been "debated" by Congress and wasn't a covert operation that required White House approval. Two senior Democrats said they had known nothing about the effort.

An Associated Press investigation found that the network was built using secret shell companies and financed through a foreign bank.

The program aimed first to build a Cuban audience, mostly young people, before pushing them toward dissent.

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