USAID Chief Faces Tough Questions on “Cuban Twitter”

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The head of the U.S. International Development agency got hit with some tough questions in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. This follows revelations that USAID secretly helped set up a social networking site in Cuba. The agency has rebutted claims that the U.S. aimed for the social network ZunZuneo, which failed to nab a massive user base, to spark a revolution in Cuba as administrator Rajiv Shah was grilled by lawmakers.

The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development pushed back against reports it created a “Cuban Twitter” to foment revolution in the Communist country at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, which controls USAID spending, told USAID administrator Rajiv Shah that launching the social network in Cuba had been a “cockamamie idea.” CCTV’s Nathan King reports.

USAID Chief Faces Tough Questions on

USAID Chief Faces Tough Questions on

The head of the U.S. International Development agency got hit with some tough questions in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. This follows revelations that USAID secretly helped set up a social networking site in Cuba. CCTV's Nathan King reports.