U.S. Used Latin American Youths for Subversion in Cuba

Aug 6, 2014 by

New research from Associated Press (AP) reveals another plot of USAID to try to manipulate Cuban Youth

Author: Granma | internet@…

August 5, 2014 01:08:17

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

Contact must be anonymous by Gmail, SMS, or telephone, with a simple message saying the traveler is having a good time. Communication by any device must be short and to the point.

If sensible information needs to be reported (security issues, key programmatic events) the message must be encoded and would never mention names, places, numbers, etc. If necessary free and friendly service Hushmail Express must be used.

If language like what follows needs to be used, please interpret according to the following phrases:

“I have a headache” [would mean] à We suspect we are being monitored and will temporarily abstain from carrying out the objectives of the trip, unless otherwise instructed.

“I was intoxicated and had to go to the hospital. I’m OK now and will take easy the rest of my holiday” [would mean]  à We were detained and interrogated; we will not continue with the objectives of the trip and will go on as tourists for the rest of the trip.

“I’m too ill to stay here, so will return home earlier. Will see you soon” [would mean] àWe have been evicted and are leaving immediately. We will make contact as soon as we are in a third country.

Excerpt from a document obtained by AP.

Washington.-The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) secretly sent Latin American youth in order to create an opposition aimed at destroying the Revolution.

This was revealed by an investigation by U.S. press agency AP, the same agency which uncovered the plans for the project to create a platform for political purposes through new cell-phone technologies, known as ZunZuneo.

The article, by reporters Desmond Butler, Jack Gillum, Andrea Rodriguez and Alberto Arce said that since October 2009, a project initiated by USAID sent young Venezuelans, Peruvians and Costa Ricans to Cuba with the purpose of starting a rebellion in the Island

AP revealed that “The travelers worked undercover; sometimes posing as tourists, and moved all over the island looking for people who might become political activists.” The project employed covert methods of the U.S. intelligence services such as secret communication paths, covers and false personal biographies, information encryption, security measures, exchanges with overseas agents, intelligence gathering on Cuban society, psychological preparation in case of possible detection by Cuban State Security, and use of communication codes, among others. However, the journalists say the project was plagued by “incompetence and risks.”

The clandestine and illegal operation compromised people in the region, even after the capture and trial of U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was sentenced for committing acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the Cuban state.

Cuban youth who were in contact with the “travelers” –such as university student Hector Baranda, who befriended a group of visitorss- expressed surprise to hear from the AP that these people had worked for USAID.


Costa Rican Fernando Murillo was one of the young Latin Americans working in the program. “His job was to recruit young Cubans to carry out activism against the government”, says AP. His mission was conducted by organizing “programs that were disguised as civic activities, including a workshop on disease prevention.”

“He was instructed to communicate every 48 hours and could do so by using a series of agreed security codes.”

“I have a headache” for example, meant that the Cubans were watching his steps. For these purposes, USAID hired Creative Associates International, a company which had also participated in the creation of program ZunZuneo.

According to documents obtained by AP and interviews in six countries, “the young USAID travelers posed as tourists when they were in Cuban university campus and, in one case, used as a cover an event that could undermine the credibility of USAID in their important efforts to prevent infectious diseases in the world. They set up a workshop on HIV prevention, “which the unveiled documents describe as “the perfect excuse” for the political goals of the program.

AP also reports that the program “flirted with failure consistently.”

“The inexperienced youngsters did not have a safety net which would support them when they were doing activities that are explicitly illegal in Cuba.”

According to emails obtained by AP, after Gross was arrested USAID informed its contractors –in private– that they should consider suspending planned travel to Cuba.

However, this indication was not followed. In April 2010, Fernando Murillo was sent to Havana. He was hired by Creative Associates with the mission to “convert apathetic young Cubans into effective political actors.”

In Villa Clara, he connected with a cultural group calling itself “Revolution”: a group of artists who were dedicated to electronic music and video production.

If the idea was to conduct a series of seminars to recruit new “volunteers”, Fernando Murillo needed a subject that was attractive to potential members and that could be approved by the Cuban state.

He started a workshop on HIV, which in November 2010 attracted 60 youngsters. The workshop was supposed to provide sex education to the participants so they would know how to prevent the spreading of the virus. But the real reason, as shown by documents obtained by AP, was the use of the workshop to recruit young people by teaching them how to organize themselves.

When contacted in San José, Costa Rica, Fernando Murillo said he could not discuss the details of his actions in Cuba because he had signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibits disclosing any information. He said that all he tried to do in the island was to teach people how to use condoms correctly.

“I never told a Cuban they had to do something against the government,” he said. However, in the six-page report Fernando Murillo sent to Creative Associates he noted that the workshop was the “perfect excuse to deal with the basic subject.”

In another section of the report, Fernando Murillo reveals another objective of the program: “the creation of a network of volunteers for social transformation.”

Manuel Barbosa, one of the founders of the group of artists called “Revolution”, said in a recent interview in Santa Clara that the Costa Ricans never told him that they were working for USAID.

AP also claims that “staging a workshop on prevention of the disease as a cover to promote a kind of subversion against a foreign government casts suspicion on the proclaimed mission of USAID’s for prevention of diseases, including its HIV program, which has an annual budget of three billion dollars and which the agency says has helped some 50 million people in nearly one hundred countries in the world.”


While Fernando Murillo and other Costa Rican travelers focused on assembling the HIV prevention workshop, young Venezuelan and Peruvian travelers were sent to universities. Their mission, according to documents and interviews, was “to recruit students with the long-term goal of turning them against their government.”

In late 2009, Creative Associates hired Venezuelan lawyer Zaimar Castillo, then aged 22, who ran an organization called “Renova”. Her group visited student halls on the campus of a university in Santa Clara and traveled on weekends to meet the families of the students. Another group of young Peruvians were sent to the same university in that city.

They described the students and campus facilities in great detail, and took note of their complaints and problems for possible use. The students they felt could be recruited were listed by name; then their profiles were made and their qualities as leaders were evaluated in an Excel spreadsheet.

Nevertheless, the Cuban students contacted by AP said they were surprised to discover that their foreign friends were acting on behalf of USAID.

On September 3, 2010, Irving Perez, manager of Creative Associates, convened a meeting via Skype (video conferencing via the Internet) to announce a change in strategy. “Our program is not going to encourage more trips to the island, or at least not as the backbone of the operation,” Perez told the travelers. Instead of traveling to Cuba, they would try to help certain Cuban “star contacts” who had received exit visas and would be trained in another country.

AP acknowledged the failure of the subversive project.

The White House on Monday declined to comment on the issue. “No comment,” said spokesman, Josh Earnest, to a question about it.

“I cannot comment on the report (published in the U.S. press) because there are several inaccurate points. I invite you to go directly to USAID,” the spokesman said at a news conference.

For its part, USAID has denied that there is secrecy in the programs against Cuba. [the US] “Congress funds pro-democracy programs in Cuba to improve access of Cubans to more information and for strengthening civil society,” said Matt Herrick, a spokesman for the agency, in a statement. He added that all programs carried out in Cuba are publicly available on the website foreignassistance.gov. “This work is not secret, it is not hidden and is not illegal,” he said.

However, just like ZunZuneo, the characteristics of this new subversive project describe it as part of Unconventional Warfare strategy which has gained popularity in recent years. This form of warfare seeks to realize the goals of domination and regime change in countries that the U.S. considers contrary to its interests. This is done without direct involvement of traditional forces on the ground, and means a relatively lower cost to the aggressor but not to the victim.

The involvement of “non-qualified” personnel in traditional intelligence operations is formulated in training memo TC-1801.

As read in its pages, Unconventional War involves a “multi-agency” effort by the United States. The content of this document functionally connects with the doctrine, which has a special role for USAID.

This federal agency gets multi-millions in funds from American taxpayers for alleged humanitarian work worldwide; but has been reported to be a front for intelligence operations.

New revelations of subversive plans of the empire

This and other plans will be spoken today on the Mesa Redonda
Author: Granma | internet@…

August 4, 2014 23:0 8:32

The U.S. Agency AP again revealed a subversive plan against Cuba from the U.S. government, using as vehicle for promotion the USAID using young Latin Americans and led to Cuban youth. This and other plans will be spoken about today on the Mesa Redonda, 7:00 pm, report Cubavisión, Cubavisión International and Radio Havana Cuba.

Canal Educativo will broadcast the program at the end of the day

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