Google is not What it Seems ! : Assange

The article talks about how Google uses its influence to help DC representatives- higher up advisers and officials for the Whitehouse- get access to people and places they normally might not be allowed. For example, Assange talks about how he talked with Eric Schmidt and some of his fellow Google reps, only to find out the three people with Eric were basically Whitehouse people looking to take advantage of any information he'd let slip during the interview. At least, that's what it claims.
Here’s a direct quote and the point of the article it seemed was to convince you of this, based upon Google's VERY close ties to higher-ups in DC:
"Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has. Schmidt’s tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of U.S. power structures as it expanded into a geographically invasive megacorporation. But Google has always been comfortable with this proximity. Long before company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin hired Schmidt in 2001, their initial research upon which Google was based had been partly funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). And even as Schmidt’s Google developed an image as the overly friendly giant of global tech, it was building a close relationship with the intelligence community."
Assange asserts that Schmidt is a very shrewd political operator. Those closest to him are very much a part of the group that influences policy in Washington. Google uses its public goodwill capital to get access to countries and social movements to influence events in a way that a nation-state could not. We should be wary of the influence that Google wields at the global level, while still being the lens that many of use to interact with the internet.
The article is long, but very worth the read.

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