Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Featured on Press TV's US Desk: 'Mesh System Seeks to Spy on Dissidents Abroad'
Abayomi Azikiwe in Press TV graphic from April 21, 2014.
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:16PM GMT

To listen to this statement featuring Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the
Pan-African News Wire, just click on the website below:

A political commentator says that the United States’ efforts to create
communication networks for dissidents abroad are meant to perform
electronic spying on them.

The United States Agency for International Development has “on behalf
of the US government been heavily involved in doing electronic
surveillance against people both outside the US as well people inside
the United States,” Abayomi Azikiwe, a Detroit-based editor of
Pan-African News Wire told Press TV on Monday.

“They [US spy agencies] have not only violated protocol and legal
restraints on doing surveillance among people both domestically and
internationally, but it’s important to know that even allies of the
United States have fallen victim to this type of spying,” he said.

The US State Department has provided millions of dollars to a team of
hackers and software experts to develop a digital network, called a
mesh network, for dissidents abroad to communicate more securely and
freely than they can on the Internet, according to a new report.

The New York Times reports that one of the target areas is Cuba. The
USAID has allocated $4.3 million to create the system in Cuba.

“Cuba has been a focus of US destabilization efforts over the last 55
years,” said Azikiwe. “In regard to their efforts to start an
alternative social media network in Cuba, this too represents a gross
violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic
of Cuba.”

The USAID “awarded a three-year grant to the New America Foundation to
make this platform available for adoption in Cuba,” said Matt Herrick,
a spokesman for the agency.

The mesh system allows users in a neighborhood or a city to create a
network that is physically distinct from the Internet, according to
the report. Inexpensive wireless routers are attached to rooftops,
lashed to balconies and screwed to the ledges of apartment buildings
to create the network.

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