US Top Diplomat Monitored Internet in Cuba

Repost from Cuba Debate

Chief of Mission of the US Interest Section in Havana, Jonathan Farrar, monitored the Internet for possible subversive actions, according to a cable released by Wikileaks and reproduced by Cuban websites on Saturday.

Farrar’s monitoring of the Internet along with his wife occurred in August 2008, when he addressed a memorandum to the US State Department described as sensitive, without reporting any obstacle from Cuban authorities.

The diplomat suggested the White House to facilitate programs to circumvent regulations established by local Internet providers, as denounced by cubasi.cu website, reproduced today by Cubadebate website.

The memorandum said that USINT in Cuba welcomes all contributions coming from Washington, where work is undergoing to develop programs to avoid Internet filters.

It also announced that he would try to improve local Internet conditions and consider its possible use in website operations.

The text titled “On-Line Surfing in Havana” described visits to several web access points, including some hotels, to verify if the websites of several organizations benefited by the United States were easily access.

Farrar reported the impossibility to access webpages of demised and current organizations that get funds from the US government for the Cuba Program with the objective to change the political system in the Island.

Blocked sites included Directorio Democratico Cubano; Centro Cubano para una Cuba Libre o Grupo de Apoyo a la Disidencia, all affiliated to subversive projects against Havana.

He recognized having access to websites of non governmental organizations dealing with human rights like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

“You can even unload fully the report HRW 2007 if you are patient enough to wait twenty minutes,” said Farrar in his memorandum.

He said that you can also surf websites of USINT, the State Department and the United Nations Organization, and even those of The Washington Post and The New York Times journals.

The Cubasi article recalled that in March, Cuban courts gave US citizen Alan Gross a 15-year prison sentence for acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the State after proving that Gross was directly involved in a subversive US plan to destroy the Revolution using infocommunication systems.

(by Prensa Latina)

 

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