Mercenaries on the Web and Internet as a Weapon of War against Cuba

In line with its editorial policy, the Cuban mafia official newspaper, El Nuevo Herald, has once again spread fake news on Cuba.

It happened this Sunday when the newspaper published a report by the “independent” website 14 y medio about a second twitter clash, allegedly involving only Cuban users who called on ETECSA to lower Internet prices.

With the manipulation of the Twitter clash results, a fabrication refuted by statistics — it proves the skill of the aforementioned newspaper to distort actual facts — El Nuevo Herald tried, from the headline itself, to presenting the clash as an initiative taken by “students, computer engineers, clients from NAUTA Hogar service.” However, everyone knows that these “operations” are part of the US government policy of using Internet as a weapon of war against Cuba.

As it happened the first time, this Twitter outburst to claim the dropping of prices in ETECSA was summoned by mercenaries with the style of Yoani Sanchez, by chance “editor-in-chief” of an independent newspaper that serves as source of information to El Nuevo Herald. From the Plan Bush’ era until now, this newspaper has been given millions USD to allegedly turn it into an opinion leader to the Herald’s service in social networks.

As we are aware, it is nothing new in Cuba nor the world that the US government maneuvers to fabricate false protests on the web.

The same practice was used against Iran during the 2009 elections. In the course of the so-called Green Wave — where Twitter played such a paramount role to the extent that the then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered to postpone a scheduled maintenance to Twitter servers for Iran —, most of those activists who denounced fraud in the elections, riots, and suppression in this Middle East nation, were not there as we had been led to believe, but in US soil.

The “experiment” carried out by the US State Department during the riots in Iran — also known as the Facebook and Twitter Revolution—resulted in 20 casualties.

In the case of Cuba, we recently denounced an attempt to manipulate, with a similar purpose, the Constitutional Referendum. Twitter was once again the mean through which the hashtag #YoVotoNo could give rise to the popular rejection and hence, offer the world a misrepresentation of anti-governmental opposition.

The OCB (Office of Cuba Broadcasting) — Radio and TV Marti are part of it — is among the main actors involved. This office has just released a public document where it is proven the creation of digital teams in the island whose goal is to creating “fake Facebook accounts to spread information as webpages opened in Cuba increase the chances to wind up in the profile’s stories of Cuban users of Facebook,” in light of the increased access to Internet.

Then, as now in the case of the “protest” against ETECSA, mercenary Yoani Sanchez was among the leaders of this subversive project. She is a puppet whose ego has been boosted by great amount of money given by the US government.

Let’s bear in mind her words while referring to a possible Green Wave in Cuba in an interview granted back in 2009. That year, she stated:

“We are not quite there right now. Cuba’s civil society is still a bit fragmented. The converging points, ways to associate each other are indeed weak. Nonetheless, the possibility is not that far. There is a chance we get there in a couple of years. By then, there will be more sophisticated technologies and perhaps the Cuban Green Wave could be even more powerful.”

Those who recently introduced themselves into the world of Internet thanks to the efforts made by ETECSA to overcome the US blockade should know that she and the “independent” website she is running, are both part of a Task Force group that by means of “strengthening the US policy towards Cuba,” tries to foster through Internet the “free and unregulated flow of information in the island.”

The “free and unregulated flow of information” is in line with the string of lies that newspapers such as El Nuevo Herald publish on Cuba every day and whose purpose is no other than, Helms-Burton and other genocide badly conceived plan willing, triggering a crisis that encourages destabilization from social networks.

Suffice to say that people of this kind do not care about the wellbeing of the rest of the population. Their welfare is at odds with the essence of their mission and goal: the comfort earned by working for a foreign power.


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Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Díaz/CubaSí Translation Staff

Yahoo Gives Yoani $60 000 for “Upgrading” in a CIA Breeding Center

Her CIA ties go back to her exile in Switzerland where she not only ate gruyere cheese but had her first romance with Yankee intelligence. Now, after several years of counterrevolutionary activities in Cuba that have made her a millionaire, Yoani Sánchez received a Yahoo grant of $ 60,000 to upgrade at Georgetown University, the Alma Mater of a rich collection of luminaries of American intelligence.

The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) announced the news.  They indicated that the Cuban "youngster", who will soon celebrate her 40th birthday, will focus her studies on digital journalism during the academic year 2014-2015. The scholarship includes $60,000 USD to cover "academic and housing expenses" plus an additional $5000 for her "travel expenses".

King Philip of Spain and Bill Clinton studied at Georgetown and several other heads of state and monarchs are among the promoters of the institution. But there are more. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger were professors at the Institute where Alexander Haig was also noted.

In the long list of celebrities also appear L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the controversial Church of Scientology; J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI chief inquisitor; and Jack Abramoff, the corrupting lawyer who ended behind bars.

Among other "famous" alumni from Latin America is Costa Rican right-wing President Laura Chinchilla and Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani who was involved in the famous slaughter of six Jesuit priests in San Salvador, on November 6, 1989.

But what is most interesting: several directors of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are distinguished in the list of formers students of the university. Among them, George Tenet, who prompted the criminal aggression against Iraq; Robert Gates, an old agent and favorite of George W. Bush; David Petraeus whom James Petras has called an Israeli agent.

The ugliest of all these lords of imperial intelligence is certainly Allen Dulles who, apart from conceiving, organizing and launching the coup against Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala (1954), multiplied the dirty assaults against the young Cuban Revolution. He was also accused of having ordered the destruction of French ship La Coubre in Havana harbor, causing hundreds of deaths. It was he who invented, together with Richard Nixon, Operation 40 with 40 agents and assassins -- Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch among these-- which preceded the invasion of Playa Girón.

It is no surprise then that the School of Foreign Service and its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) would now sponsor Yahoo’s protégé without requiring her to submit to a contest as outlined in the regulations.

A brief
examination of the characteristics of other Yahoo fellows gives an exact clue as to the nature of the CIA link of that "prestigious" institution which in its brochure openly announces its collaboration with American government agencies, including the CIA.

French woman Séverine Arsène, a Yahoo "fellow" in 2011-2012, is an expert in handling Internet networks. Her specialty is China, and during her time in Georgetown "focused on social media as tools for disseminating messages."

Another French woman, Francesca Musiani (2012-2013), worked with Human Rights Watch (HRW), an organization often identified as linked to American intelligence.

Russian Evgeny Morozov, Yahoo Fellow 2009-2010, worked with the Open Society Foundation, of billionaire George Soros.

Another grantee, Han-teng Liao holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Foreign Languages and Literature, a master’s degree in Journalism and another in Computer Science. He worked for years with the National University in... Taiwan.

It is with
pride that the institution boasts of its many partners from the U.S. State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the of the United States Information Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.

In September 2013, Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, confessed that her greatest fear was to end up in prison if she did not collaborate with the national intelligence agencies. Later, documents provided by former CIA specialist Edward Snowden demonstrated the link between Internet companies –among these Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Facebookand US espionage programs.

Moreover, repeated attempts by US intelligence agencies to use social networks for propaganda purposes, notably in Cuba, are now known.

The CIA connection of Cuban Yoani is known: it goes back to the time when German BND agent and security adviser for Department 211 of the Foreign Ministry (Budeskanzleramt), Volker Pellet, recruited her during her golden exile in Switzerland.

Yoani Sanchez is already in Washington where the official grant handover ceremony took place on Tuesday. During her stay in the US capital she will be able to expand her relationship with imperial intelligence, and will also have the opportunity to develop ties with the scoundrels in the Capitol who admire her so.

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Yoani Sanchez’s Funny Interview to Joe Biden

I haven’t written anything about blogger Yoani Sanchez’s much trumpeted 14ymedio daily because ‘half’ always sounded ‘half humorous’ to me, especially after reading that joke in the manner of a presentation where the blogger –who years ago used to visit the United States Interests Section (USINT) furtively and now travels as a tourist to the White House–, stated that the so-called independent online outlet wouldn’t have ideological or political commitment whatsoever.

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