ZunZuneo's Nicaragua connection

There has been a lot of discussion about the "Cuban Twitter" project of USAID. Alan Gross even cited it as the reason for his (now ended) hunger strike. Unfortunately, most of the news has been in the form of politics. That is, people supporting intervention in Cuba and those against said intervention.

It turns out that while all this noise was being presented, there was real information available on what was going on in a now 10 day old article from AP. Titled US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest, it presents to facts. Buried in those facts, you can find out that Nicaragua was one of the places where the project started.

At first, the ZunZuneo team operated out of Central America. Bernheim, the techie brother, worked from Nicaragua's capital, Managua, while McSpedon supervised Creative's work on ZunZuneo from an office in San Jose, Costa Rica, though separate from the U.S. embassy. It was an unusual arrangement that raised eyebrows in Washington, according to U.S. officials.

The article goes on to explain the whole development of the system including the players and efforts to make it invisible.