Home / Be The Change / Antiwar / Julian Assange — ‘Google is Not What it Seems’ — They ‘Do Things the CIA Cannot’

Julian Assange — ‘Google is Not What it Seems’ — They ‘Do Things the CIA Cannot’

Julian Assange cautioned all of us a while back, in the vein of revelations similar to those provided by Edward Snowden, that Google — the insidious search engine with a reputation for powering humanity’s research — plays the dark hand role in furthering U.S. imperialism and foreign policy agendas.

Now, as the Wikileaks founder faces days of questioning by a Swedish special prosecutor over rape allegations inside his Ecuadorian Embassy haven in London today — and particularly in wake of the presidential election — Assange’s warning Google “is not what it seems” must be revisited.

Under intense scrutiny by the U.S. State Department for several controversial Wikileaks’ publications of leaked documents in 2011, Assange first met Google Executive Chairman, then-CEO, Eric Schmidt, who approached the political refugee under the premise of a new book. Schmidt, whose worth Forbes estimates exceeds $11 billion, partnered with Council on Foreign Relations and State Department veteran, Jared Cohen, for the work, tentatively titled The Empire of the Mind — and asked Assange for an interview.

Later acknowledging naïvte in agreeing to meet the pair of tech heavyweights, Assange found afterward how enmeshed in and integral to U.S. global agendas Schmidt and Cohen had become.

In fact, both have exhibited quite the fascination with technology’s role in burgeoning revolutions — including, but not-at-all limited to, the Arab Spring. Schmidt created a position for  Cohen in 2009, originally called Google Ideas, now Google Jigsaw, and the two began weaving the company’s importance to the United States into narratives in articles, political donations, and through Cohen’s former roles at the State Department.

That same year, Schmidt and Cohen co-authored an article for the CFR journal Foreign Affairs, which, seven years hence, appears a rather prescient discussion of Google’s self-importance in governmental affairs. Under the subheading “COALITIONS OF THE CONNECTED,” they wrote [all emphasis added]:

“In an era when the power of the individual and the group grows daily, those governments that ride the technological wave will clearly be best positioned to assert their influence and bring others into their orbits. And those that do not will find themselves at odds with their citizens.

“Democratic states that have built coalitions of their militaries have the capacity to do the same with their connection technologies. […] they offer a new way to exercise the duty to protect citizens around the world who are abused by their governments or barred from voicing their opinions.”

Perhaps appearing laudable on its surface — at least to some degree — as Assange pointed out, there is a self-mischaracterization by the American and other Western governments and inaccurately-monikered ‘non-governmental organizations’ that their interests in other nations’ affairs are innately good.

This cult of government and non-government insiders have a firm belief their goals should be the unassailable, unquestionable motivator for American imperialism — whatever the U.S. thinks best as a “benevolent superpower,” so should the rest of the ‘non-evil’ world.

“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,” Assange wrote in When Google Met Wikileaks. “This is the impenetrable banality of ‘don’t be evil.’ They believe that they are doing good. And that is a problem.”

READ MORE:  George Soros was Hacked! -- Thousands of Files Expose Election Manipulation & More

Cohen, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the notorious Council on Foreign Relations, lists his expertise in “terrorism; radicalization; impact of connection technologies on 21st century statecraft; Iran,” and has worked for both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton at the Department of State. Fortune, calling Cohen a “fascinating fellow,” noted that, in his book Children of Jihad, the young diplomat and technology enthusiast “advocates for the use of technology for social upheaval in the Middle East and elsewhere.”

Under the auspices of discussing technological aspects at Wikileaks’ disposal for the upcoming book, Schmidt; Cohen; Lisa Shields, a CFR vice president at the time; and Scott Malcomson — who would shortly afterward be appointed Rice’s lead speech advisor for her role as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — descended on Assange’s safe haven in Norfolk, outside London.

It wasn’t until weeks and months after this gathering Assange fully realized how closely Google operates in tandem with the government of the United States — and how perilous the innocent mask of its public intentions truly is in light of such cooperation.

Ironically enough, in Wikileaks’ publishing three years later of the Global Intelligence Files — internal emails from private security firm, Stratfor — Cohen’s and Google’s true depth of influence became strikingly apparent. 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.”

However, most significantly, Stratfor vice president for intelligence Fred Burton, also a former official with the State Department, wrote in one of those emails:

“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 shit-bag.”

Of course, the massive company — its various facets now under the umbrella of Alphabet, Inc. — has never been fully absent government involvement. Research for what would become ultimately become Google had been undertaken by company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in cooperation with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — the strictly secretive technological testing and planning arm for the Department of Defense.

Indeed Google’s continued coziness with the diplomacy, military, and intelligence wings of the United States government should not be, though perpetually are, ignored.

Political establishment bulldogs on both sides of the aisle and their cheerleader corporate media presstitutes will continue for months or years to debate the failed presidential bid of Hillary Clinton and the apparently-shocking rise and election of Donald Trump, but technology played a starring role in those events. Several reports last year cautioned Google’s algorithms could swing the election — and not only the American election, but national elections around the globe.

READ MORE:  Snowden Issues Warning -- Do Not Use Google's Messaging App Under Any Circumstances

“We estimate, based on win margins in national elections around the world,” said Robert Epstein, a psychologist with the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and author of one of the studies, “that Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections.”

Considering lines between the tech giant and the government have essentially been abandoned, this revelation puts power and influence into acute, if not terrifying, perspective.

Google’s ties with the Pentagon and intelligence communities never ceased. Revealed by a Freedom of Information Act request cited by Assange, Google founder Brin, together with Schmidt, corresponded casually by email with National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander in 2012, discussing a program called the “Enduring Society Framework.” Alexander wrote to Brin:

“Your insights as a key member of the Defense Industrial Base are valuable to ensure ESF’s efforts have measurable impact.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Industrial Base is “the worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements .”

It also provides “products and services that are essential to mobilize, deploy, and sustain military operations.”

Although Schmidt and Cohen ultimately watered down their book title The Empire of the Mind into the more palatable and less blatantly imperialistic, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business, its message amounted to self-congratulatory justification for broader foreign policy goals. Nefarious warmonger Henry Kissinger, for one, praised the work, which included telling lines by the Google execs, such as:

“What Lockheed Martin was to the twentieth century, technology and cyber-security companies will be to the twenty-first.”

READ MORE:  Bombshell Emails Expose YouTube Censorship of Content at Hillary Clinton's Office Request

So ubiquitous has Google become, its presence — like similarly U.S. government-connected Facebook — is nearly indispensable in the daily lives of hundreds of millions worldwide.

However well-known is the government intelligence framework in such platforms, it would be ill-advised to ignore the far darker Machiavellian aspects of private corporate technology’s intersection with global political agendas — and the force that coalition wields around the planet.

Whether or not the American establishment’s empire suffered a blow in the election of Donald Trump will be a debatable point for some time, but it’s a veritable guarantee its cogs — seeing themselves as the planet’s saviors — have planned in advance for just such an occasion.

“If the future of the internet is to be Google,” Assange noted, “that should be of serious concern to people all over the world—in Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet Union, and even in Europe—for whom the internet embodies the promise of an alternative to US cultural, economic, and strategic hegemony.”

Empire will remain empire until its dying breath — particularly if it functions under the obstinate belief it, alone, can save the world. Julian Assange should be praised for the transparency and insight he and Wikileaks have readily given the world, instead of excoriated and blamed for faults which lie in the establishment framework — it is this political, intelligence, and military web deserving of a pointed finger.

  • Lord Diamond

    Google is a war-tool, this is why the CIA secretly funded its development. All of Google’s products create a surveillance state for the world. “You have nothing to hide” is no excuse, don’t be fooled here. Google Personalisation makes a little bubble for you mind and manipulates your perspective and information flow when different algorithms are triggered through different keywords and phrases.

    We should have hundreds of different search engines to choose from, not just one or two, and not just the illusion of choice with those couple of “other” search engines that just pull data from google or bing.

    Just like banks need to be decentralized, so does internet search.

    • Hugo Spinoso

      well they can do this but it will be seen, altough it will be more difficult the more regulations there are, the other problem is information, it can tell your habits and make a profile of you (it already does with ads) and it will be difficul to control if this information is shared, might sound harmless but there are a lot of things you could do.

      • Lord Diamond

        “well they can do this but it will be seen”

        that’s for sure! they can’t even do a good job maintaining covert mind control. LOL!

        • Hugo Spinoso

          if private companies do it they should be liable for legal action, at least this will force intelligence agencies to do it themselves.

    • Stibbs11
      • Saiful Rimkeit

        A splendid find.

    • truthandjustice

      startpage.com is good, and they don’t track your searches. I personally like Bing, though I am not convinced the latter is completely free of Google influence.

      We knew something was up years ago when Obama changed all of the email systems for the rank and file govt. employees from Lotus Notes to Google. It was not as user friendly and was probably more expensive, so no one could understand the change. Now we know why they got this huge contract, and I suspect that they gave a substantial donation to Obama’s campaign. Also if you remember, Google was the first to allow the govt. to go into private emails without a warrant.

      • elizabeth.brown

        One yr have passed since I quit my last job and I never felt better in my life… I started freelancing over internet, for a company I found on-line, for a few hrs every day, and I earn much more than i did on my office job… My last month payment was for Nine thousand bucks… Superb thing about this job is that i have more time for my family… http://chilp.it/8d93f4b

    • Asad asad

      Relax Google wins because of superior algorithm. I don’t see any anti-trust or legal issues over Google dominance. It does fair and equal. What Google logs and what it doesn’t is an open matter mentioned in their Privacy statements and EULA statements. Google or anyone else for that matter in not above law, If any USA citizen believes that GOOGLE has illegal way of access and storing user privacy information they are free to go to Courts. Also, in the era of cloud and soon IoT explosion, it would be very naive to imagine the concept of privacy 10 years down the road.

      • Saiful Rimkeit

        “,,, It does fair and equal…”
        Hahahahahaha…hahahaha,,,hahaha,,,haha,,,ha.
        Repeat.

      • Tom Lowe

        Clod, if you want your cloud, you can keep your cloud. There will never be one here.

        Thank you for the water-thin whitewash of Google’s espionage. Now we know how sheeple-shallow Google’s henchmen and personnel are.

        Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen are both dead men walking.

  • Janice Archer Weaver

    Google is part of the State Run Media!

  • Radguy1

    As far as I know, DuckDuckGo is the way to go for search engines. Simply do a search on it for what you would expect big G to hide from you. Then there’s the things you don’t want big G to know you’re looking for. Close your curtains, give them big darkness.

    • Lord Diamond

      Duckduckgo is a nice idea, its just that it pulls data from google and bing. Meaning, you are getting google and bing search results. It also puts its own ads on the top of their results if you don’t turn them off.

  • Steve Rusk

    Frightening thought, Google as the state of the art in thought control, more powerful even than religion. We’re moving in that direction.

    • Tom Lowe

      If Google were truly unbiased, then it would be a great thing for the world. But Google points everything towards the benefit of one rotten little racist nation, which is its downfall.

      Google started out in the Bay area. Now it is run out of Israel. How does that work? How does that square with DARPA, which is supposed to belong to the US government?

      Something very basic is very rotten about Google.

      Google is clearly a zionist pig wearing blue and white lipstick.

  • David Lewis

    i’m guessing that he is talking about the entire government…….at least I hope he is…

  • Akindeji Hill

    Julian Assange [expletives]! Google has proven itself to be a progressive and benevolent company time and time again. Assange only seems to expose the shady things that progressives do, but I don’t see him coming out with shady info on conservatives. Exposing Hillary and Barack’s dirty laundry helped Elect someone way worse to the most powerful office in the world. When is he going to start exposing some of the corruption on the right? The republican party has been infiltrated with pedophiles for decades and Assange hasn’t mentioned squat about that. Until he starts balancing his “exposures” I hope he rots in that embassy.

    • Look beyond their dirty laundry to their criminal activities in the ME, especially Syria.

    • truthandjustice

      Assange is more left than right, but the crimes of the Clintons and Obamas are so great that he could not ignore it. The GOP in no way comes close to the murderous corruption of the left. The left is made up of old radicals, SDS, Panthers, etc.. now old and gray and leading the younger ignorant college students and low information people down the path to hell. He doesn’t cover the right as much because the right does not have the huge criminal component that the left has, and always had.. Ayres is a perfect example. He was a criminal anarchist now turned to someone respectable. Except he will never be respectable in the eyes of truly respectable people. Give it a break. Don’t even try to compare the Dems with the GOP. Not saying the GOP are perfect, but light years better than the criminals making up today’s democratic party.

      • Tom Lowe

        If one views Assange as an employee of a government-run national security organization, then there is no telling what he really is politically at the personal level, only what he appears to be in his current front.

    • erik_t
    • Tom Lowe

      Assange works for MOSSAD/CIA. He is being debriefed right now from ‘Operation Wikileaks’. They know Clinton is a corrupt criminal and they wanted her defeated.

      Is that not obvious?

      There is nothing wrong with Trump.

  • He is right on the money! 04.03.2016 Pentagon, Google Join Forces to Advance US Military Hegemonic Capacity

    Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt to lead Pentagon’s Innovation Advisory Board. On Wednesday, the Defense Department announced that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt will head the Pentagon’s new Innovation Advisory Board. Consisting of 12 executives, the board will be handpicked by Schmidt and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

    Pentagon, Google Join Forces to Advance US Military

    http://sputniknews.com/military/20160304/1035746529/google-pentagon-join-forces.html

    • Saiful Rimkeit

      Dr. Death.

    • Tom Lowe

      I wonder what will happen after Jan. 20. I don’t think Trump will be able to put up with someone as stupid as Ashton Carter.

      Or Duncan Hunter Jr., for that matter.

      • I just happen to have a great perspective on that very question of yours in this report.

        Nov 15, 2016 Did you vote to #DrainTheSwamp? Take the #TrumpPledge!

        Do you have the sinking feeling that Trump may start backing off his promises now that he’s in power. Is there the niggling doubt that the banksters, criminals and party insiders he’s surrounding himself with may not follow through on that draining of the swamp? Never fear!

        https://youtu.be/fyPxOqlOHIw

  • Dec 21, 2013 Creator of Creepy DARPA Robots Questioned On Military Funding & Google Purchase

    With reportedly over $10 million in funding from the Pentagon, Raibert is asked if his robots will be used by the U.S. military for its perpetual nation-building and aggressive wars.

    https://youtu.be/7G_SitA01AQ

  • jcluvstrnity

    Condensed English please…

  • Alleged Comment

    No way Hillaryous got that much of the popular vote. If it is true we are in a bigger division than you can imagine.

    OR, they are getting away with fraud on a much bigger scale than expected could be done.

    • Tom Lowe

      The advanced tinfoil hat crew says Clinton cheated by 30% through election rigging but that Trump was way too popular with well over 80% and won in spite of the cheating.

      Researchers at Stanford U supposedly determined that Clinton cheated on Bernie by an average of 12% per contest through vote rigging, so the vote rigging concept is not so far fetched.

      They turned it up full blast for Trump and still lost.

      On top of that, Trump would draw many thousands to his speeches, whereas Clinton would get a few hundred or less at her rallies.

      I never met anyone on the street here who supported Clinton.

      On the other hand, maybe it’s all fake news.

      Trump!

  • Talon

    Google was created by funding from DARPA. So who would stop the government from funding another competitor as yet unknown. The government giveth and the government taketh away.

    • Saiful Rimkeit

      My guess, then, is that DARPA has a hot link linked to Stanford U.

      • Tom Lowe

        DARPA is all over. A guy I knew worked at a DARPA company. Supposedly they were trying to sell super-advanced PC connectors to businesses another major nation.

        I think the connectors may have had clandestine surveillance equipment in them. Why else would DARPA bother with such a mundane trade item.

        DARPA has a hot link to every university, government agency and think tank that exists. Stanford–one of many thousands.

  • Rumplestiltskin

    Google needs to be slapped with an Anti Trust suit post-haste. Over our history, any organization which tried to hold America and Americans hostage, were essentially nationalized through regulation such was the sale of water, electricity and power, banking etc.

    When organizations try and squeeze the life of the people the people will organize against them. If we allow ourselves to be held hostage by the likes of Google, then we deserve exactly what we get.

    • Tom Lowe

      Well, we’ve been chafing under the phony power deregulation in California since 2000, where in my area the power company now has an abusive private monopoly, and we haven’t been able to reverse this yet. We’re still being held hostage by the power companies out here, because 100% of the judges and nearly all of the regulators are thoroughly corrupt.

      And how about the nationwide MERS fraud which ended up being supported by US judges in direct contradiction to thousands and thousands of local, state and federal laws already longstanding on the books? The MERS fraud showed us all that the US justice system is thoroughly corrupt, from top to bottom, and needs replaced in its entirety.

      Think about it–these banks and these judges nationwide broke tens of thousands of legitimate laws and committed tens of millions of crimes in the process.

      You and your local, state and federal governments were robbed by MERS, and the entire US judiciary is a willing criminal accessory to that robbery.

  • Saiful Rimkeit

    The Alphabet Soup Grand Civilian Geniuses working hand in hand with the U.S. Government Military War Game Masters represented by the Pentagon. This raises International authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy to a purer, higher level. But the mighty algorithm can do no wrong so what’s to worry.

  • Saiful Rimkeit

    The Alphabet Soup Grand Civilian Geniuses working hand in hand with the
    U.S. Government Military War Game Masters represented by the Pentagon.
    This raises International authoritarianism, totalitarianism,
    dictatorship, despotism, autocracy to a purer, higher level. But the
    mighty algorithm can do no wrong so what’s to worry.

    • Tom Lowe

      And like the perfect red heifer it is now in Israel.

      Hello!

  • Almost of the words that you consider to be important in this discussion were not defined. This is one long essay / example of Humpty Dumpty Speak. Really what is good other than “what you like”. What is evil other than “what you do not like”?

    Clearly you do not like the US or its government, but by what measure is China, or Russia, or Iran better? Number of Journalists killed? Number of political prisoners? Actual elections? Almost everything that you complain about has, at its root, human laziness and only visiting places that are inhabited by people who agree with them.

  • XanaX

    All anyone needs to use is Orbot for Android or Tor for your PC and nobody will have a clue who the faulk you are not even the NSA.

  • Giorgos Christian

    use TOR browser and get rid of the spying

    • Tom Lowe

      You get rid of open source spying like Google and FB, but not closed source spying like NSA, FBI and DHS fusion centers located at your friendly neighborhood phone or cable company.

  • robock

    Nuclear energy is death energy. Let’s hope Trump takes care of this toxic death enterprise and restores our destroyed earth by this man-made debacle!

    • Tom Lowe

      I would ship all nuclear industry workers and their bosses and their families to Fukushima Prefecture, make them stay there permanently, and build a big wall around it.

      The reason is simple: so that these people do not ruin the human gene people with their irradiated bodies.

  • Tom Lowe

    Google is Israeli, period. As in MOSSAD.

    Kill it.

  • Sam Nelson

    Jews Jews Jews, cry racism, antisemitism, whatever, the truth is smacking us in the face overtime and every time we dial up the Internet; Jews, are running the show and running the USA, the world, into the blood soaked ground. As well as, being directly responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people, again. Like cancer that just keeps growing and growing we can cut them out or die wishing we had. Jews, don’t want to be white people and they sure don’t want to be black, brown, red or yellow people, they, Jews, want to be a people all unto themselves, Semites, they say, above reproach, they insist, with a nation all their own now. Now, there is a place to deport them to, let’s do it and free ourselves and our children from a future of misery, want and murder. Or, not, and in ten years all of us adults will be dead our children nothing more than organ donors. We are not christians, muslims or jews, we are Anunnaki, we know where we came from, when we came, and who made us human, we are if we chose free, free to love the Earth and each other, free to denounce greed and the greedy. We are Anunnaki, it is time we acted like Anunnaki and left the Jews to do for themselves.

  • JCLincoln

    I don’t google anything, I don’t chrome anything, I don’t Fakebook anything, I don’t tweet, I don’t yahoo, I don’t msn.

    • Censoring = Communism Scum

      Smart