Friday, February 4, 2011

Viva el Cubaleaks (II)

Bloggers, exiles, plan to overthrow Castro, leaked online video says   BY JUAN O. TAMAYO jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

Cuban bloggers like Yoani Sanchez and young exiles who reach out to their counterparts on the island are part of a U.S. campaign to overthrow the Castro government, according to a secret Cuban video posted on the Internet.

The video also alleges Washington launched a secret effort in 2008 to create 10 wi-fi points around the island that would have allowed up to 250 computers access to the Internet through satellite telephones -- totally independent of Cuban government controls.

The nearly one-hour video appears to be of a secret June 2010 lecture on the Internet's dangers to the revolution, delivered by an Internet expert to an audience of men and women in military uniforms -- likely Armed Forces or Interior Ministry officers.

Its content largely repeats the Cuban government's allegations that independent bloggers and groups like Raices de Esperanza -- Roots of Hope, an organization of young exiles that has been establishing contacts with youths in Cuba -- are part of a U.S. campaign to undermine the Castro government.

Perhaps more surprising is the appearance on the Internet of what is clearly a secret lecture to Cuban security officials.

Available at http://vimeo.com/19402730

The video appears to have been first posted on the Internet by a person identified as Black Coral. It was also posted by the Spain-based blog Penultimos Días.
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