Based in California, Google has come to be a go-to for all things information and knowledge online. This online search platform may seem simple based on their clean, organized homepage, but the numbers speak for themselves! As of November 2016, the company saw over 246 million U.S. unique visitors, holding down a 63.4% market share and boasting an amazing $89.46 billion in U.S. dollar revenues.
This company has become a household name, an integral part of each and every one of our lives. But is the company really as innocent as they appear to be? One whistleblower is shedding some light on a dark secret that Americans everywhere should know!
Julian Assange is no stranger to controversy and hidden agendas. The Australian computer programmer and founder of the organization WikiLeaks has shared countless information, shedding light on the Afghanistan war logs in 2010, the Iraq war logs later that year, CableGate and the Collateral Murder video. In 2010 the United States began an in-depth investigation into WikiLeaks with the intention of prosecuting the organization under the Espionage Act of 1917. On April 20th, 2017 U.S. officials revealed to CNN that they had prepared charges to seek the arrest of Assange.
The book ‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’ is a work by Assange himself, revealing what he claims to be the dark, twisted inner workings of Google and their relationship with the United States Government. In it, he states, “They will tell you that open-mindedness is a virtue, but all perspectives that challenge the exceptionalist drive at the heart of American foreign policy will remain invisible to them. This is the impenetrable banality of ‘don’t be evil.’ They believe that they are doing good. And that is a problem.”
The book speaks of a meeting between Assange and Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt in June of 2011, a meeting that occurred when Schmidt made the trip to meet with Assange while he was living under house arrest. Their conversation was incredibly deep, debating such topics as US foreign policy and other such political problems in our world today as well as the role of technology in the overall operation of the ‘global network.’
While Assange may have disagreed with Schmidt on many topics, finding some of what he said or believed to be fishy, raising a red flag, he wouldn’t know the full extent of the disturbing problem before him until three years later. This came as he was given access to a number of emails leaked from within the private security firm Stratfor, emails that revealed a twisted secret about the company and about our government!
The collection of data released became known as the ‘Global Intelligence Files,’ a collection of over 5 million emails. They were internal emails, revealing the inner workings of a company that provides confidential intelligence to large companies and organizations while fronting as an intelligence publisher. The emails revealed their working relationships a number of well-known corporations including Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Northrop, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Even more concerning, the emails also revealed the company was working with government agencies such as the U.S. Marines, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
After analyzing the emails, Assange wrote: “Cohen’s directorate appeared to cross over from public relations and ‘corporate responsibility’ work into active corporate intervention in foreign affairs at a level that is normally reserved for states. Jared Cohen could be wryly named Google’s ‘director of regime change.’ According to the emails, he was trying to plant his fingerprints on some of the major historical events in the contemporary Middle East. He could be placed in Egypt during the revolution, meeting with Wael Ghonim, the Google employee whose arrest and imprisonment hours later would make him a PR-friendly symbol of the uprising in the Western press. Meetings had been planned in Palestine and Turkey, both of which – claimed Stratfor emails – were killed by the senior Google leadership as too risky. Only a few months before he met with me, Cohen was planning a trip to the edge of Iran in Azerbaijan to ‘engage the Iranian communities closer to the border’ as part of Google Ideas’ project on repressive societies.”
One of the most concerning emails for the American population is one that was written by Fred Burton, Stratfor’s Vice President for Intelligence and former official with the State Department. It read: “Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept support and air cover. In reality, they are doing things the CIA cannot do… [Cohen] is going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the sh$t-bag.”
The reach of the company, now under the umbrella of ‘Alphabet, Inc.’ is concerning for all involved. Once used as an access point to view the information contained within the World Wide Web, this new information reveals a connection that has been formed between Google and the diplomacy, intelligence and military wing of the United States government, allowing the company with access an influence in an extreme and frightening way.
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