Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/04/assange_says_google_facebook_pass_data_to_us_intelligence/

Assange: Google, Facebook run 'side projects' for US spooks

Labels Facebook 'undreamt of even by the worst'

By Simon Sharwood

Posted in Security, 4th December 2012 02:42 GMT

WikiMartyr-in-waiting Julian Assange has emitted another screed in which he shares his belief that democracy is being dangerously undermined by government monitoring of the internet, and that Facebook and Google are helping those efforts.

Chatting with RT, Assange has outlined his belief that nations now conduct surveillance on a massive scale, because “it is cheaper to intercept every individual rather that it is to pick particular people to spy upon.”

French company AMESYS' 'EAGLE' product is nations' weapon of choice, Assange said, going on to add a quote from Bill Binney, whom he describes as a National Security Agency whistleblower, to the effect that nations now posses “turnkey totalitarianism”. Assange himself says “all the infrastructure has been built for absolute totalitarianism.”

Assange then says Google and Facebook are co-operating with the shadowy forces behind mass surveillance.

“And then you also have Google and Facebook, who started up predominantly serving the public, but also have developed side projects to service the US intelligence complex,” Assange says in the interview. “And individuals are constantly pushing their thoughts into Google as each thing that they want to research; it is pushed via emails, and on Facebook, through their social relationships. That's an undreamt of spy database.

“Facebook is completely undreamt of even by the worst spying nation, given the richness and sophistication of relationships expressed.”

There's plenty more in the same vein in the video below, but precious little evidence, if you're willing to endure about 13 minutes of Assange in full flight.

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