Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department and U.S. foreign aid programs), On AP Report About A USAID Program In Cuba

"It is one thing to support nascent Cuban civil society organizations, if USAID's role is disclosed in advance to participants and beneficiaries.  It is quite another to concoct an HIV/AIDS workshop to promote a political agenda.  If that is what happened here it is worse than irresponsible.  It may have been good business for USAID's contractor, but it tarnishes USAID's long track record as a leader in global health."

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