Senate committee orders review of ‘Cuban Twitter’

WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is asking the U.S. Agency for International Development to turn over all records about a Twitter-like program it secretly built in Cuba.

As part of its announced review, the committee also wants any messages the government or its contractors transmitted to subscribers in Cuba. Those users were never were told about the U.S. government’s role.

Chairman Robert Menendez said the review will consider whether USAID’s pro-democracy programs in Cuba were consistent with those run in other foreign countries.

An Associated Press investigation last week found the Obama administration secretly backed the program to stir political unrest in Cuba. The U.S. went to extensive lengths to conceal the operation by using computer networks and bank accounts overseas.

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