WASHINGTON (AP) — Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the U.S. government secretly funded were overtly political, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the early messages poked fun at the Castro government and were created by a political satirist working for the social media project. Those messages conflict with the U.S. government's earlier assertions that its program didn't promulgate political content.
The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development told Congress that his agency's program was simply meant to increase the flow of information in a country that heavily restricts Internet access.
An AP investigation has found that the program, known as ZunZuneo, evaded Cuba's digital restrictions by creating a text-messaging service.