Cuba abuzz over news of US travelers program

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Associated Press

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 5:01 PM

HAVANA (AP) — News that the U.S. government quietly contracted young Latin Americans to travel to Cuba for political purposes under the guise of health and civic programs is the talk of the town in Havana and the Cuban diaspora.

The secret program is evoking both criticism and praise.

Cuban refinery worker Elio Morales says it's just one more attempt to undermine the revolution that even after five decades hasn't fallen.

Orlando Luis Pardo is a prominent dissident writer and photographer. Pardo says it's important for the outside world to foster human rights in Cuba. He tweeted: "Good for USAID!"

The results of an AP investigation led the afternoon newscast of Cuban state television on Monday.

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