WikiLeaks Founder Assange: Facebook Is CIA’s ‘Appalling Spying Machine’
Assange has further described social networking giant Facebook as “the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented” in an interview for Russia Today.
In his words, with the storing of user generated information on Facebook, the US intelligence services and government have access to personal data of millions of people globally.
“Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to U.S. Intelligence… They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use. Now is it the case that Facebook is actually run by US intelligence? No it’s not like that. It’s simply that U.S. intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure to them and it’s costly for them to hand out records one by one so they have automated the process,” Assange stated.
He stressed that by storing their information on a site like Facebook, users are doing free work for intelligence agencies.