A link to this remarkable video was sent to Yoani Sanchez by one of her commenters, she says. She posted it on her blog; it’s 53 minutes long, and well worth a look – it’s apparently an Interior Ministry briefing on U.S. strategies and operations toward Cuba.
“Viva el Cubaleaks!” Yoani says; you can read her comments on it here.
I’m sure someone will write about this at some length, or make a transcript. Meantime, here are a few highlights:
- The briefer explains how many of President Obama’s policies are similar to those of President Bush.
- He claims that President Obama’s telecommunications policy openings are a “façade.”
- He explains that U.S. strategy is to go beyond the traditional dissidents who engage in politics face-to-face (“in the park,” he says, figuratively) and now to use the Internet and social networking to spread counter-revolutionary ideas in cyberspace.
- He discusses and illustrates how USAID contractor Alan Gross set up “BGANS” satellite communications technology. BGANS equipment creates wi-fi networks with high-speed connections to the Internet. If I heard him correctly, they serve all within reach of their signal (i.e. they don’t require a password), showing computer users that they are connected to the Internet. He said Gross was not the only party setting up these networks. Minint does not like these networks.
- He refers to a big mistake (“una metedura de pata gigantesca”) on the part of Gross’ employer, in posting a statement on the Internet that explains his contracting relationship. Minint saved a copy.
- He explains that as a further step in the strategy, with the independent Internet access established, there is an effort to reach Cubans through groups such as alumni associations and other social connections, and then to send political messages.
- He claims that the USAID contractor Creative Associates is operating Cuba programs from Costa Rica.
- He gives honorable mentions to Yoani, the International Republican Institute, Raices de Esperanza, the counter-revolutionary Ernesto Hernandez Busto of Penultimos Dias, and others.
There’s lots more, including a discussion of the way Twitter is used by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and, separately, by his intelligence service – examples of constructive uses of these communications technologies.
What I wonder is how long before someone says it’s all a manipulación, that Cuba’s interior ministry doesn’t leak, and that Minint wanted this presentation to be seen.
Herald story here.