Speaking at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont called the project "cockamamie."
Rajiv Shah, the top official at U.S. Agency for International Development, said the Twitter-like project was first designed during 2007 and 2008 when George W. Bush was in his second term as president.
Leahy has been extremely critical of the Cuba Twitter network since last week when an Associated Press investigation revealed USAID oversaw the creation of the text message-based service, dubbed ZunZuneo.
Leahy told Shah, quoting, "This one from the get-go had no possibility of working."
Leahy is chairman of the Senate panel that oversees USAID's budget.
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