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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: O (2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8189059661
  • ISBN-13: 978-8189059668
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Detailed analysis of Google's deeply intertwined relationship with the US government, backed up by Wikileaks documents. Google's do-goody image superficially masks the ambitions of a global mega-corp. it's not just ad revenue and free email that fuel Google. As one example, Assange analyzes the emails between Google co-founder Brin and CEO Schmidt with NSA chief Keth Alexander. (Emails obtained via FOIA). While these chatty emails got some media attention, Assange goes much deeper. Assange's research into the State Dept background and activities of Jared Cohen, director of Google's Ideas, likely reveals where Google's tentacles are grasping next. It's disheartening to read how Google has become a top lobbyist and co-dependent with the government. Would Bill Gates or Steve Jobs have compromised their companies like Eric Schmidt has? This ill-conceived partnership may rot Google from within ... even if Google ends up sustained like a military contractor. This book is the kind of outstanding reporting that activists and everyday gmail and Google searchers should read for insights into the how techology companies are evolving with the national security state. Great work, Assange!
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If you want to understand the nexus between large technology companies like Google, the foreign policy establishment, and the national security state, this book is a must. Assange recounts an interview of him conducted by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (and others) in which they discuss Wikileaks, issues of security and privacy, issues of the role of organizations like wikileaks in society and in what Assange refers to as the preservation of the "intellectual record." The transcript of the entire conversation is in the book as is the way in which Schmidt and Cohen warped what Assange said when recounting this interview in their own, trivial book.

What is at stake here is large; this is not an indictment only of one company (Google) but of the entire assault on civil society and individual rights conducted by the nexus.

That Assange manages to retain his optimism is a tribute to him; this book is a real eye-opener and a clarion call for action..by us all.
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Leave it up to Julian Assange to inform us that Google (and probably all the other 'Tech-Giants'---for that matter), is for all intents and purposes a very real part of the "Military Industrial Complex". Most intelligent people of course, already knew this!

After all: the complete transformation/intransparency; between the mega-corporations and western governments is a long-gotten "fait accompli" (especially here in the U.S.) In "When Google Met WikiLeaks" by Julian Assange, this very idea is fully explored and confirmed for those that can plainly decipher the true/primary message of this publication. Julian Assange is for me (and I am not afraid to say it), one truly courageous and conscientious human-being. And for his efforts, he is now one of the most persecuted and convenient scapegoat of the most powerful people on the planet! Did it ever occur to people that Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, etc., etc., is/was in all likelihood funded in part (besides being publicly traded), by major government/private entities (because it's really hard to tell the difference these days) i.e.---DOD, DARPA, NSA, CIA, etc., to ultimately serve and be a part of the---"Super State". Defense spending in the U.S. is more than likely in excess of $1.3 trillion a year (and not the number they "officially" announce) , so it makes perfect sense for Google and the like, to go after this seemingly endless pool of 'tax-payers money' that is doled-out each year by our "honorable" and freely-elected---"bastions of freedom"!! I hope and pray that Julian Assange will eventually get his freedom back. That however, in the cold and callous world of the "Supreme Elite", is probably not to be expected. This is an excellent read, I highly recommended it.

Love and Peace,
Carlos Romero
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I consider it to be frightening that I carry a functioning GPS homing beacon (my cell phone) around in my pocket. Consequently my location anywhere on Earth, besides Mainland China, can be determined within less that three feet; less than one meter.
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Great book. It opened up a whole new world of information.
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