Declassified documents: U.S. debriefed Cuban migrants

U.S. authorities questioned Cuban exiles in Miami in the late 1970s to collect intelligence information about the Cuban armed forces, declassified documents show. The U.S. Army project was known as Latin Emigre Exploitation Program, or LEEP, according to a 1979 document posted on governmentattic.org in September. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s Annual Historical … Read more

USAID shines, State Department slips

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is an independent, nonpartisan agency that “examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and provides Congress and federal agencies with objective, reliable information to help the government save money and work more efficiently.” In 2015 and 2016, the GAO found dozens of problems with the way that the State Department and … Read more

Little evidence of ultrasonic “death ray”

The suggestion that sonic attacks caused brain injuries among U.S. diplomats and others in Havana was “speculative and premature,” according to an Oct. 31 article in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. “The evidence to date points away from these conclusions,” wrote Timothy G. Leighton, a professor of ultrasonics and underwater acoustics at the University of … Read more

USAID contractor: Plan for the unexpected when working in Cuba

The Pan American Development Foundation and its partners trained 19 Cuban leaders and helped organize more than 3,000 events in less than four years, the organization reported. In a post on Sunday, I griped about the group’s lack of transparency and dozens of redacted pages that the U.S. government sent me after I filed a … Read more