Havana, May 13 - The United States government hired the non-governmental organization Creative Associates for 15.5 million dollars to direct a subversion program against Cuba from digital platforms, it was reported today in the local press.
The Granma newspaper cited an article by the American journalist Tracey Eaton who offered details on 22 Creative Associates reports between 2008 and 2012, which reflect the intention to undermine the constitutional order on the island.
According to the text, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sent supplies for the project in which travelers and consultants from at least 10 countries participated.
The NGO program, established in Costa Rica, directed its efforts to recruit young people and members of the so-called Cuban counterculture, Granma notes.
According to the article, originally published on the Cuba Money Project site, since 2008 Creative Associates conducted anti-surveillance security training and established corporate bank accounts in Costa Rica.
In 2009, he organized briefings in Venezuela and Panama on preparations for the first round of trips to Cuba.
The dealership staff traveled to the island and met with the SJO011 group to carry out the program design activities. Work began on the development of the leadership module that would be implemented with young people, according to the Eaton document .
The investigation shows that in July 2009 Creative Associates provided material assistance and conducted training on the use of technologies to a total of 12 beneficiaries.
A session was held in Spain that resulted in the final plan for the development of materials for the leadership module and network mapping training.
In addition, in the same period, the design of a website was completed and the first communications text was produced.
By the end of that year, 77 travelers were in Cuba for 320 days, delivered more than 200 thousand dollars in material goods and developed an initiative to establish ties of collaboration and identity between cultural and community leaders.
The report continues with the activities carried out in 2011, the year in which Northern President Barack Obama relaxed economic sanctions, including travel restrictions to the Caribbean island.
Until 2012, the NGO consolidated its program inside and outside of Cuba, developed a network of more than 30 independent community leaders in all Cuban provinces, and established seven communication platforms.
The Office of the Inspector General of the USAID assured that Creative received more than 11 million dollars from its original contract and acknowledged that the project awarded 103 scholarships, 12 of which were linked to the ZunZuneo messaging network (similar to a Cuban Twitter) .
On several occasions, Cuba has denounced the cyber war that the United States develops against the island.
Different specialists and former agents of the Cuban State Security demonstrated that Washington uses technology and the recruitment of young people to achieve a social destabilization that leads to an eventual change in the political system in the Antillean country. (Text and photo: PL)