Politics

Julian Assange on Google’s Geopolitical Reach

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Pipes carry water in and out of Google’s Oregon data center.

Julian Assange, famous innovator of Wikileaks, gave a rare interview on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s program Q which aired on the WAMU public radio station in Washington, DC tonight.  Facing certain imprisonment in the U.S., Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and has lived there since 2012,  He commented on his view that Google misrepresented its purpose in requesting an interview with him which he later realized, as he states, was arranged in collusion with the U.S. State Department.  He recaps the obvious for anyone who ponders the matter that Google is the second largest corporation in the U.S. with vast global reach through computers and mobile phones from which it tracks location and all manner of other information to fuel its advertising business model.  While it dances around providing government access to its data goldmines, the possibilities are not difficult to imagine. Assange comments on Google and CEO Eric Schmidt’s The New Digital Age book published last year.  Wikileaks continues to release documents from ongoing investigations worldwide as is shown with a September release on German malware.

Incidentally, Assange’s legal counsel is non other than Amal Ramzi Alamuddin, a distinguished British-Lebanese barrister who married actor George Clooney in a civil ceremony in Venice this weekend.

photo credit: the-sprint-ink-world-of-colour.blogspot.com

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