Cuba broadcasting: “Essential to national security”

U.S. government-financed broadcasts to Cuba and other nations can continue despite the government shutdown because they “necessary for conducting foreign relations essential to the national security,” according to the U.S. Agency for Global Media. An agency memo states: The USAGM Office of General Counsel (OGC) has issued a memorandum establishing that there is a sufficient … Read more

Tale of two missions

Alan Gross set up Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuba on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. Cuban authorities caught him and threw him in jail in 2009. While he was behind bars, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, was sending satellite terminals to Havana to allow Cubans to connect to the … Read more

Global Media chief orders investigation

Office of Cuba Broadcasting staffers responsible for an anti-Semitic piece targeting George Soros were put on administrative leave today, John Lansing, the CEO of the Agency for Global Media, said in a statement. Lansing also announced that he has ordered “an immediate, full content audit to identify any patterns of unethical reporting” at the OCB. … Read more

Six-figure salaries are routine at federal agency

Nearly 90 percent of the employees at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting in Miami earned more than $90,000 per year in 2017, the latest year figures were available, according to Feds Data Center. Forty-seven employees – or 44 percent – earned more than $100,000, and 48 employees were raking in from $90,000 to $99,999, salary … Read more