Don’t expect the Associated Press to backtrack or apologize after being so soundly exposed as a Castro dictatorship propaganda mouthpiece and secretly plotting with known supporters and defenders of Cuba’s murderous apartheid regime. You would need a modicum of integrity to do that, which is nonexistent at the AP.
If There Was Any Doubt That Fulton Armstrong Was the AP’s Source…
Fulton himself has dispersed it.
We’ve never had any doubt that former CIA analyst and Senate staffer, Fulton Armstrong, was the source of the AP’s attacks on USAID’s Cuba democracy programs. (See more here).
He’s been connivingly (and unsuccessfully) trying to smear and eliminate these programs (along with any other irritant to the Castro regime) for years. Remember this?
Moreover, the AP’s tone and exaggerations are quintessential Fulton.
Asked directly yesterday whether he was the source, he didn’t deny it.
And today, Fulton has published an op-ed in The Tico Times, which is an homage to the AP’s stories.
Let’s not forget, the democracy programs targeted by the AP — Cuban Twitter (“Zunzuneo”) and the Latin American NGOs — were both conducted between 2009-2011, during his tenure at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
And in today’s op-ed, his updated bio reveals:
“Fulton T. Armstrong, a senior fellow at American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (Washington, D.C.), has lived in Costa Rica for the past year and a half.”
That’s right. Fulton has been living in Costa Rica for the past year and a half.
An important detail — both the Cuban Twitter and Latin American NGO programs were run out of Costa Rica.
In sum, the AP’s stories — printed within the last year (April and August 2014) — regurgitate Fulton’s infamous hyperbole; are based on two programs he had direct knowledge of as a Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer; both programs were run out of Costa Rica; and most of the information came from Costa Rica, where he’s been living for the past year and a half.