First task for U.S. operatives in Cuba: Avoid detection

U.S. government contractors sometimes struggle to find Cubans who are willing to work with them. Cuban participants worry about the political nature of U.S. government-financed projects, according to a second batch of documents about one contractor’s work in Cuba. (See “USAID in Cuba: Code names and counter surveillance“). The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded … Read more

Lawyer: U.S. should disclose secrets about “acoustic attacks”

The James Madison Project and New Yorker magazine are suing the State Department for disclosure of information about the “acoustic attacks” in Havana. The lawsuit was filed Thursday under the Freedom of Information Act and seeks a State Department Accountability Review Board report, which addressed “circumstances surrounding medical and health problems reported by U.S. Government … Read more

Secrets along the money trail

Government spending records are easier to decipher than they were a decade ago, but U.S. government projects in Cuba are still cloaked in secrecy. A Washington, D.C., friend said he wondered if finding out about such projects just might be “mission impossible now.” He said: The bureaucracy now hides it under multiple layers of operational … Read more

Secret deals hidden under a soybean pile?

Something strange turned up in Broadcasting Board of Governors’ spending records: more than $4 million for soybean farming. Dig deeper and records show the funds ostensibly paid for such items as “Aircraft Gunnery Fire Control Components.” One record lists guns up to 30mm. All this is difficult to understand, particularly since the BBG’s stated mission … Read more