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Group.png USAID   Powerbase Sourcewatch WebsiteRdf-icon.png
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Parent organization US/Department of State
Headquarters Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC
Leader USAID/Administrator
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Incumbent: Gayle E. Smith
Since 2 December 2015
Subgroups Office of Public Safety
Staff 3,909

USAID is an agency of the US State Department intended to provide "international development".

Office of Public Safety

Full article: Stub class article Office of Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety, nominally under USAID, was shut down in 1974 after James Abourezk revealed that it had been training torture techniques to foreign police.[citation needed]


In 2008, the US State Department, through its "foreign assistance" agency USAID, set up a fake social network in Cuba. Supposedly concerned with public health and civics, its operatives actively targeted likely dissidents. The site came complete with hashtags, dummy advertisements and a database of users' "political tendencies".[1]

In 2016, Wikileaks termed the Panama Papers leak a "Putin attack" and that it "was produced by OCCRP which targets Russia & former USSR and was funded by USAID & Soros".[2]