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WH didn't know all 'Cuban Twitter' details

The White House said Friday officials might have been aware of the “Cuban Twitter” program's objective, but not its operational details.

“It’s likely that someone at the White House would have been aware generally of the efforts to put in place an infrastructure to facilitate the free flow of ideas, but would not be informed of the operational details,” deputy spokesman Josh Earnest said.

The program, built by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was intended to encourage expression of free ideas under a repressive government, Earnest said.

“This is a clear effort by the United States to try to meet that need,” he said, adding that “a policy decision like this is fairly routine.”

On Thursday, The Associated Press reported the United States government had secretly created a communications network in an effort to undermine Cuba’s communist government.

The report said it was unclear if the program, which ran from 2009 to 2012, was legal, because covert operations must be approved by the president.

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