The U.S. government financed a four-year effort to promote Cuba’s rap music scene as part of an effort to promote democracy on the communist-run island, federal officials confirmed on Thursday.
“It seemed like a good idea to support civil society,” said Matt Herrick, spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which financed the secretive program.
The four-year program which ended in 2012, was revealed by the Associated Press on Thursday, which described it as a largely unsuccessful, “covert” effort run by U.S. government contractors to undermine Cuba’s communist government.
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