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Leading Cuban dissident departs for world tour

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, walks towards the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, walks towards the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, walks towards the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, says goodbye to her husband Reinaldo Escobar at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, says goodbye to her husband Reinaldo Escobar at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, says goodbye to her husband Reinaldo Escobar at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, uses a mobile phone at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, uses a mobile phone at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, uses a mobile phone at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez (L), queues to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez (L), queues to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez (L), queues to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, displays her visa for the U.S. at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, displays her visa for the U.S. at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, displays her visa for the U.S. at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, talks with her son Teo Escobar before checking in at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, talks with her son Teo Escobar before checking in at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, talks with her son Teo Escobar before checking in at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, walks with her son Teo Escobar at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, walks with her son Teo Escobar at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, walks with her son Teo Escobar at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
Close
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, waits to check in for her flight to Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, displays her visa for Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, displays her visa for Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a...more

Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, displays her visa for Brazil at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport February 17, 2013. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, considered Cuba's pioneer in social networking, told Reuters on Thursday that she would visit the headquarters of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and travel to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and other nations. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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