On what was clearly a slow news day in Havana, the government-run news service Prensa Latina, a long-term collaborator with Cuba’s intelligence services, announced that freed Wasp Network spy Rene Gonzalez now has a Twitter account. Gonzalez will use his new social media access to conduct “influence operations” on behalf of the Cuban Five.
An “Influence Operation” is an intelligence mission which uses agents, collaborators, sympathizers, and the media to promote a nation’s objectives in ways either un-attributable or marginally attributable to that power. In this scenario, regime supporters around the world can follow “rene4the5” without having to confront the reality of Gonzalez’s continued intelligence affiliation.
Unapologetic regarding his propaganda mission, Gonzalez told the Cuban website CUBADEBATE, “I want to talk about the case of the Cuban Five…” to help reshape US public opinion. PRELA also noted that the failed spy will be in London next month “to take part in an international meeting, with the purpose to attract parliamentaries (sic) of the entire world, to create an international commission to get the release of his comrades.”