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.