When Google Met Wikileaks

When Google Met Wikileaks

Book - 2016
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In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country residence in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world's most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world's largest information empire locked horns. The two men debated the political problems faced by society, and the technological solutions engendered by the global network--from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with US foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to American companies and markets. These differences embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet's future that has only gathered force subsequently. When Google Met WikiLeaks presents the story of Assange and Schmidt's encounter. Both fascinating and alarming, it contains an edited transcript of their conversation and extensive, new material, written by Assange specifically for this book, providing the best available summary of his vision for the future of the Internet.
Publisher: New York : OR Books, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781944869113
Branch Call Number: 303.483 AS72
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 18 cm


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Dec 28, 2016

I read this skeptically given Assange's reputation in this country, yet with a sense of obligation to hear him out.

I was very surprised at how thoughtful and articulate he is. He lays out a very strong case for being skeptical of Big Tech's strikingly cordial relations with the American security establishment, and by inference, foreign security establishments.

What becomes clear is that Assange is no ideologue. His motivation hinges around the defense of individual liberty against all forms of regimentation and secrecy, whether by modern states, oligopolistic business corporations, or any other corporate entities whose interests do not always (or most frequently) correspond with yours and mine.

Jul 20, 2016

I now understand why this was called the weirdest book of the year!
An intel fact-finding mission against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange - - I just hope Julian didn't give everything away [Sleazoid Eric Schmidt of Google, was accompanied by his partner, a VP with the Council on Foreign Relations, the author, Jared Cohen, who just happened to be former advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and his editor, Malcolmson, who was also with the International Crisis Group (private intel firm).
Throughout the book Julian comes across as a thousand times more moral than any of these rat-turds and later, after promising, but lying that they will submit a pre-publication copy for his editorial approval, they spew disinformation and misinformation about WikiLeaks and Assange in Foreign Policy magazine [online].

OK, so who owns Foreign Policy? Katherine Graham, former owner of the Washington Post, married to the deceased Phil Graham, a best buddy of former CIA director, also now deceased, Allen Dulles. Graham was given the Washington Post by her father, former Federal Reserve chairman and financier, Eugene Meyer.

Meyer, together with son-in-law Phil Graham, was the major investor in Zapata Oil, founded by // former \\ CIA guy, Thomas Devine, with future CIA director [and president], George H.W. Bush.

Begin to make sense now?



Apr 20, 2016

It is striking how well Assange articulates his case and supports the argument for radical transparency in the face of oppressive secrecy that controls the present and is actively re-writing the past. The interview transcript includes hundreds of citations.

Mar 12, 2015

very interesting and readable


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