Bay of Pigs in 140 Characters?

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It sounds like a fantasy TV script or a failed CIA effort, but a plan to undermine the government of Cuba was created by the US Agency for International Development. Associated Press reports -- from 1000 pages of documents and "multiple interviews"-- that USAID drew 40,000 Cubans onto a clandestine cell-phone messaging network. After building a "critical mass" with "non-controversial content," operators would introduce political issues, hoping to inspire "smart mobs" to trigger a "Cuban Spring" like those that toppled regimes in the Middle East. Freelance journalist Ann Louise Bardach is author of Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Washington and Havana.

Credits

Guest:
Ann Louise Bardach - editor-at-large for Los Angeles Magazine - @albardach

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Jenny Hamel, Evan George, Mike Kessler