Almost every Internet user is closely watched by US secret services. Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks web site, has criticized the Facebook social network and other retrieval resources. The journalist famous for his scandalous reports has given an interview for the Russia Today TV channel with new accusations against the USA and the UK.
If you have a site on Facebook, an e-mail in Google or if you use the Yahoo search portal, your personal data may already be in the files of US secret services, claims Julian Assange, the main opener of the secrets of world politics, while criticizing Internet companies. The founder of the Wikileaks web site declared that the US intelligence service can obtain information about users of large resources at any moment:
“Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.”
The problem of the safety of Internet users’ data has been debated very actively these days. Recently the Sony corporation had to apologize for the leaks of information about PlayStation buyers. As for the Apple corporation, Europe and the USA have already started several investigations of its suspected surveillance of iPhone owners. If Assange’s accusations against Facebook, Google and Yahoo have any grounds the companies will face even political consequences. Google has up to 95% of the EU retrieval request market. The number of Facebook users all over the world has already reached 600 million people, among them politicians and businessmen. Many of them will not be happy to know that “the big American brother” watches their activities.
However, not only US authorities got it from Assange. He traditionally dislikes them. Now, in the heat of the moment, the Internet-exposer has attacked the UK, which he has called a haven for terrorists and runaway oligarchs and dictators:
“You know it has been a haven for terrorists, and it is certainly a haven for oligarchs and former regime dictators that have come here. I mean, remember the famous Pinochet trial for the extradition of Pinochet from the UK, which Thatcher resisted – incredibly, using a lawyer that is involved in trying to extradite me from the United Kingdom. Now, part of that is, perhaps, good. It’s an example of true liberalism in the United Kingdom: everyone come here, and we’ll protect you. On the other hand, there does seem to be a disconnect. Is it really supporting free-speech activists like me who come to the UK? But, on the other hand, it is supporting people like sons of Gaddafi.”
Experts believe that the reason for Assange’s resounding declarations can be easily explained. The interest of journalists in the person of the WikiLeaks founder has waned, so he is trying to remind the world of himself. A British court ruled to extradite Assange to Sweden on the 24th of February. His lawyers gave a notice of appeal which the Supreme Court of London will hear on the 12th of July.