Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mobile Accord, ZunZuneo and Pakistan

Mobile Accord's Pakistan contract wasn't linked to Cuba, a company spokesman said.
The Associated Press produced a great investigative piece on ZunZuneo, a Cuban Twitter aimed at undermining the socialist government.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, managed the project. Creative Associates International was the contractor and Denver-based Mobile Accord Inc. was one of the subcontractors.
Mobile Accord's $1.69 million contract with USAID called for "short message service support to be provided to displaced people in the northwest frontier of Pakistan."
Instead, Mobile Accord developed ZunZuneo.

Some of the work on the project took place in Costa Rica, where Creative Associates International had set up a secret base.
At first I thought Mobile Accord's Pakistan contract was somehow connected to the company's Cuba work. A Mobile Accord spokesman confirmed to me that there were two separate contracts. For more information, please see "ZunZuneo and other 'discreet' adventures."


Jayson Bailey said...

No, not instead. They were separate contracts. Great investigative journalism guy.

alongthemalecon said...

Thanks for pointing out there were two contracts. I revised the post and added a clarification here:
If you have any additional information or documents that shed additional light on the contracts, I'd appreciate it if you could get in touch. Accuracy is important to me. My email address is: