US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

Associated Press
In this July 9, 2014 photo, a woman walks in front of the building that once housed the human rights group Fundacion Operacion Gaya Internacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. Fernando Murillo was the charismatic head of the group and he'd been contracted by Creative Associates to turn Cuba’s politically apathetic young people into "change agents." Murillo was an idealist devoted to human rights. A former boy scout, he had no experience in undercover work, yet would soon face off against one of the world’s most sophisticated counter-intelligence services, on a mission for Cuba’s adversary, the U.S. Before his trip to Havana on April 5, 2010, Murillo was given basic security training. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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Over at least two years, the U.S. Agency for International Development — best known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid — sent nearly a dozen neophytes from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to gin up opposition in Cuba.

Their assignment was to recruit young Cubans to anti-government activism, which they did under the guise of civic programs, including an HIV prevention workshop. (AP)

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