miércoles, 4 de mayo de 2011

Julian Assange: Facebook and Google are tools of U.S. intelligence

Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, is not done yet. The Australian whistleblower has already released thousands of government documents labeled top secret, but he's staying in the media spotlight by giving interviews and making veiled threats about what is yet to come.

He gets attention for those interviews with bold statements, the latest of which clearly shows where he stands on the right of Internet users to remain anonymous.

In an exclusive interview with RT, Assange said that the world's most popular social network Facebook is dangerous, an "appalling spying machine."

Asked about his thoughts on the role that social media has played in shaping the recent revolutions in the Middle East, the WikiLeaks founder went in another direction.

"Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented," he said. "Here we have the world's most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence.

Facebook, Google, Yahoo -- all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It's not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use".

US intelligence and Facebook have automated the process. "Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies in building this database for them", warned the founder of WikiLeaks

Facebook has raised some eyebrows lately with privacy and security settings that aren't to everyone's liking. And its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has strongly argued against anonymity on the Web. (This argument led to a backlash from 4chan founder Christopher "moot" Poole, who believes that anonymity provides cover so that individuals can reveal themselves in a "completely unvarnished, unfiltered, raw way.")

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