U.S. funds stealth Facebook accounts in Cuba

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, pays Cuban contractors to create non-branded Facebook accounts that hide the fact that they are funded by the American government. The OCB “is establishing on island digital teams to create non-branded local Facebook accounts to disseminate information,” according to a 2019 budget document. “Native pages increase the chances … Read more

Big bucks for software, IT

The U.S. Agency for Global Media, formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors, awarded a $438,828.81 contract to Emergent, LLC., a Virginia Beach company that provides such software as Adobe and Symantec. The Oct. 23 payment is the first installment of a contract worth up to $2,396,272.05 through Oct. 8, 2023. The Agency for Global Media’s … Read more

Taxpayers finance anti-Soros rant

President Donald Trump on Friday spoke out against “political violence,” but then minutes later repeated the phrase “lock him up” in response to followers chanting that George Soros be jailed. Soros is a philanthropist who has given away more than $32 billion to finance his Open Society Foundations, which “have supported individuals and organizations across … Read more

Sexual harassment allegations at the Voice of America

A former Voice of America producer said in a lawsuit that a federal contractor “made taunting, gross sexual comments” to her during a cigarette break, “telling her that she is the type of woman who likes to be tied up and have ‘rough sex’ while moving his hands over his crotch area to show he … Read more

“Secret” project to spiffy up Cuban Affairs suite

A Maryland company has been awarded a $418,700 contract to refurbish a Cuban Affairs office at the State Department. Suite 3234 “is being renovated into a modernized, efficient, attractive, and professional work environment consisting of private offices, systems furniture office space, reception waiting area, data hub room, and workroom/pantry.” A project document states: This project … Read more