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Assange: Facebook an Appalling Spying Machine

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange alleges that every post we make on Facebook helps the U.S. intelligence agencies spy on American citizens. He made this revelation during an interview with Russia Today, calling the popular social website "the most appalling spying machine ever invented."

“Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, and their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to U.S. intelligence,” said Assange during the interview.

He also added that Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other U.S.-based organizations seated online for public use have built-in interfaces designed specifically for U.S. intelligence.

“It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena-- they have an interface they have developed for U.S. intelligence to use," he claimed. "Now, is the case that Facebook is actually run by U.S. intelligence? No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that U.S. intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure to them. And it’s costly for them to hand out individual records, one by one, so they have automated the process."

According to Assange, when everyone adds their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for U.S. intelligence agencies in building this massive database for them.

Assange's views aren't surprising, and follow recent scandals involving Google, Apple and the information their devices keep in regards to the end-user. APPLE CEO Steve Jobs claims that the iPhone doesn't track its user, but instead collects "anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years." Google is currently facing a $50 million lawsuit filed by two Michigan women based on Android's location tracking capabilities.

Assange is currently awaiting extraction from England to Sweden on sexual assault charges. To see his full interview, check out the streaming video here on Russia Today.

  • Assange speaking out against spying and espionage. The irony here is delicious
  • rohitbaran
    So true.
  • rainwilds
    Great to see this post. It is true the CIA have special access to Google: Facebook and YouTube. YouTube censor certain videos and many activist Facebook groups have been closed down.
  • I get that feeling when using these sites they feel so establishment, its like, Hi my name is Ronald Mcdonald, come and post crap.
  • alidan
    shandi235Assange speaking out against spying and espionage. The irony here is delicious
    he reports it, but doesnt gather it personally. and defiantly not on the innocent people.
  • jaksun5
    This guys knows the score, it's why discerning people around the world are canning their accounts. All you people who think this guy is a crazy, you're actually living in a version of the matrix.
  • Thx, Tom's Hardware, for not suppressing the truth. You play a major role in getting the truth out there... even thought the vast majority of people reading this article are likely to be "sheeple" with no mind of their own. People, use your critical thinking skills and WAKE UP!
  • bluekoala
    They can kill us all and they probably will. I for one will use facebook as a tool to better organize my social life until they do.
  • bugo30
    "the most appalling spying machine ever invented."

    Huh, that seems like a description of wikileaks.
  • DjEaZy
    ... cia project 'facebook'...