Low-key foundation reveals approach in Cuba

A U.S. government-financed group working in Cuba hired subcontractors from Costa Rica, Mexico and other countries to avoid attracting the attention of Cuban intelligence agents, the organization’s former director said. John Sanbrailo, director of the Pan American Development Foundation from 1999 to 2017, said his organization taught the subcontractors “how they could safely work in … 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

$1.5 million in secrets

Back in 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development sent me 123 pages of documents about a mysterious foundation’s work in Cuba. At last, the motherlode. There was just one problem: USAID had blacked out almost every trace of information that might shed light on what the Pan American Development Foundation was doing in Cuba. … Read more