Founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange is known for publishing many secret documents and other potentially incriminating information that has led him to be in asylum for the past two years. Now, he is back with a book titled ‘When Google Met Wikieaks’ and has published an extract from the book on his website giving us a fair idea of what the book entails. Assange’s write-up dismantles Google and former CEO Eric Schmidt accusing that the tech giant is more ‘evil’ than it wants the world to believe, despite its ‘Don’t be Evil’ mantra.
Assange started off as a programmer and a hacker, but has spent the past two years claiming asylum to avoid facing rape accusations, and is also under a Justice Department criminal investigation for leaking thousands of classified diplomatic cables. This new book release comes even as he awaits a decision from Swedish prosecutors over whether the international arrest warrant against him will be dropped or not.
In the lengthy extract, he lashed out at the internet giant detailing connections between Schmidt and the US establishment. He also implied that Google is acting as a front to enact US foreign policy. Assange said that he met up with Eric Schmidt in 2011 for an interview that he considers the best he’s ever given. However, that doesn’t change the opinion he now has about Schmidt and the company he represents, Google.
Assange thinks both Schmidt and Google are at the exact opposite spectrum. “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 writes.
Furthermore, Assange alleges that Google’s mass harvesting of data and dominance of the internet are cause for ‘serious concern’ worldwide. He wrote, “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 US power structures as it expanded into a geographically invasive mega-corporation.”
Assange also warns of Google’s ambitions to become an ‘empire’ with influence reaching across the world. “Google is steadily becoming the Internet for many people. Its influence on the choices and behavior of the totality of individual human beings translates to real power to influence the course of history. If the future of the Internet is to be Google, that should be of serious concern to people all over the world – in Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet Union and even in Europe – for whom the Internet embodies the promise of an alternative to US cultural, economic, and strategic hegemony. A “don’t be evil” empire is still an empire,” he wrote.
You can read the full extract published by Julian Assange here.