HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M., EDT ON MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014 - In this April 1, 2014, photo, the headquarters for the U.S. Agency for International Development is seen in Washington. Six days after Cuban police arrested Alan Gross, an American contractor working on a clandestine operation, the U.S. government agency that paid for his trip was at it again, signing up a young Costa Rican for another secret mission to the island.  The project was part of a larger USAID program to
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J. David Ake

HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M., EDT ON MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014 - In this April 1, 2014, photo, the headquarters for the U.S. Agency for International Development is seen in Washington. Six days after Cuban police arrested Alan Gross, an American contractor working on a clandestine operation, the U.S. government agency that paid for his trip was at it again, signing up a young Costa Rican for another secret mission to the island. The project was part of a larger USAID program to "renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society" and usher in a political Cuban spring. At the helm was Creative Associates International, a Washington-based company that earns tens of millions of dollars in USAID contracts. From an office in San Jose, Costa Rica, Creative Associates ran both the travelerГ­s program and a secret "Cuban Twitter" project, known as ZunZuneo. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

U.S. sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail.

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