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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks as she delivers the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab, an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), on Thursday April 3, 2014 in New York. Congress and USAID are headed for a showdown over the Obama administration's creation of a Cuban Twitter communications network to undermine the communist government in Cuba. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah is expected to testify on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations State Department and foreign operations subcommittee. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah prepare to embrace after she delivered the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in New York. Clinton has helped launch a campaign aimed at ending extreme global poverty by 2030. The U.S. Agency for International Development is undertaking the anti-poverty effort with 32 partners from private industry and the academic world. Shah announced the campaign in New York on Thursday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, left, listens during a Q&A session with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after she delivered the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab, on Thursday April 3, 2014 in New York. Congress and USAID are headed for a showdown over the Obama administration's creation of a Cuban Twitter communications network to undermine the communist government in Cuba. Shah is expected to testify on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations State Department and foreign operations subcommittee. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah, speaks during the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab, on Thursday April 3, 2014 in New York. Congress and USAID are headed for a showdown over the Obama administration's creation of a Cuban Twitter communications network to undermine the communist government in Cuba. Shah is expected to testify on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations State Department and foreign operations subcommittee. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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Joe McSpedon, a official of the U.S. Agency for International Development, leaves his house on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Washington. McSpedon worked on a USAID project that funded and helped create a "Cuban Twitter," a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. The project, dubbed "ZunZuneo," slang for a Cuban hummingbird’s tweet, was publicly launched shortly after the 2009 arrest in Cuba of American contractor Alan Gross. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Late at night, you're bound to run into one of 12 types of email. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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Joe McSpedon, a official of the U.S. Agency for International Development, leaves his house on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Washington. McSpedon worked on a USAID project that funded and helped create a "Cuban Twitter," a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. The project, dubbed "ZunZuneo," slang for a Cuban hummingbird’s tweet, was publicly launched shortly after the 2009 arrest in Cuba of American contractor Alan Gross. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Students gather behind a business looking for a Internet signal for their smart phones in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The U.S. Agency for International Development masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter," a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. The project, which lasted more than two years and drew tens of thousands of subscribers, sought to evade Cuba’s stranglehold on the Internet with a primitive social media platform. Its users were neither aware it was created by a U.S. agency with ties to the State Department, nor that American contractors were gathering personal data about them. In 2012, the text messaging service vanished as mysteriously as it appeared. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah prepare to embrace after she delivered the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in New York. Clinton has helped launch a campaign aimed at ending extreme global poverty by 2030. The U.S. Agency for International Development is undertaking the anti-poverty effort with 32 partners from private industry and the academic world. Shah announced the campaign in New York on Thursday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks as she delivers the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab, an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), on Thursday April 3, 2014 in New York. Congress and USAID are headed for a showdown over the Obama administration's creation of a Cuban Twitter communications network to undermine the communist government in Cuba. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah is expected to testify on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations State Department and foreign operations subcommittee. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)