The ‘travelers’ project was launched in Cuba back in October 2009 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) , best known for overseeing billions of dollars in US humanitarian aid. It was secretly dispatching Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to the island nation, said an AP investigation. The American authorities hoped that these people would help to provoke a revolution in the country.
Young Latinos often posed as tourists. They traveled across the country and recruited people whom they believed they could turn into political activists.
Another US attempt to spy on the neighboring country was from an HIV-prevention workshop, which is labeled by memos obtained by AP as "the perfect excuse" for the program's political goals.
AP also found some interesting documents revealing how the members of the program were communicating. They used encrypted memory sticks to hide their files and sent encrypted messages.
The ‘travelers’ used innocent content on their laptops so that they wouldn’t be suspected by Cuban authorities.