U.S. has spent
more than 200 million dollars to subvert Cuba's
THE U.S. Department of State has spent
$200,826,000 on programs directed against Cuba since
1997, according to Just the Facts, a civic
organization which tracks government spending on
defense and security in Latin America and the
The investigation, carried out between 2009 and
2010, was undertaken after the effectiveness of
programs related to Cuba was questioned, the
majority of which are implemented by the USAID - U.S.
Agency for International Development.
Over the last few years, USAID has paid this
organization in Washington, D.C. at least $1.47
million to audit its Cuba programs.
Journalist Tracey Eaton, who maintains a blog
entitled Cuba Money Project, requested a copy of the
audit report through the Freedom of Information Act
in March of 2011.
The USAID responded in early December, sending
her just 10 pages from the report, omitting the
majority of the findings, recommendations and other
key information, including the identities of
beneficiaries of the assistance projects audited.
"It is difficult to believe that an audit which
cost $1.47 million would not leave more of a paper
trail, but let’s suppose it’s true. This would mean
that the10 pages published cost taxpayers close to
$150,000 each," commented Eaton.
Just the Facts is a key resource for three non-governmental
organizations of legislators, journalists, trade
union leaders and figures within civil society
concerned about U.S. military assistance to Latin
American countries. Its critical contribution is a
data bank of detailed information about U.S. funded
military and economic projects undertaken since
(Taken from Cubadebate)