Google is actively working with the Hillary Clinton presidential election campaign, according to controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
In a related development, a SourceFed video claims Google may be manipulating search results to also help the Democrat presumptive nominee's election chances.
With Google's help, Hillary Clinton is apparently a threat to free speech, Assange charged, and that the company itself is "heavily integrated with Washington power."
Assange made these allegations on Tuesday via a video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London -- where he was granted asylum -- in a presentation to a Moscow forum called the "New Era of Journalism: Farewell to Mainstream."
Assange is currently subject to an arrest warrant from Sweden over an alleged sexual assault and has lived in the embassy for four years while resisting extradition.
Google "is directly engaged in Hillary Clinton's campaign. The chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, set up a company to run the digital component of Hillary Clinton's campaign," Assange declared."Google controls 80 percent of the smartphone market through its control of Android, and if you control the device itself -- that people use to read -- then anything that they connect to through that device you have control over as well," Julian Assange alleged.
In what others have referred to as an example of crony capitalism, the WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief also described Google as being in bed with the incumbent Obama administration.
Parenthetically, Google announced today that it is supporting the Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which faces opposition across the ideological spectrum including from many Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump supporters and those candidates themselves.
"Eric Schmidt did in fact create a company in the last quarter of 2015 called The Groundwork whose website is empty except for a single placeholder logo. Breitbart has previously reported on The Groundwork and how it was reportedly developed to install Clinton in the Oval Office. However, whether or not Google itself is a part of Schmidts' involvement in The Groundwork remains unclear to the public," Breitbart News explained.
According to the Daily Mail and other sources, Google and Obama White House staffers have taken meetings more than 400 times, and revolving door employment has become the norm between the tech giant and the federal government, The Intercept noted. "Nearly 250 people have shuttled from government service to Google employment or vice versa over the course of [Obama's] administration."
One top Google lobbyist alone visited the White House nearly 130 times.
In late 2012, Federal Trade Commission lawyers reportedly urged legal action against Google for alleged anti-trust violations, but agency commissioners unanimously voted against going forward, the Wall Street Journal reported last year.
"On Nov. 6, 2012, the night of Mr. Obama's re-election, Mr. Schmidt was personally overseeing a voter-turnout software system for Mr. Obama. A few weeks later, [Google lobbyists] went to the White House to meet with one of Mr. Obama's technology advisers. By the end of the month, the FTC had decided not to file an antitrust lawsuit against the company, according to the agency's internal emails."Among other things, Julian Assange also claimed over the video link that the Google front page was used to promote the proposed U.S. bombing of Syria in 2013 (which encountered opposition in Congress on a bipartisan basis), and that Google as an institution "decided to buy in to that project."
Calling attention to the fact that at least one Google staffer shows up in Hillary Clinton's released emails (which are part of an ongoing FBI investigation), Julian Assange asserted that "We should understand that Google… is intensely aligned with U.S. exceptionalism… personally, at the top aligned with Hillary Clinton's election campaign and almost certainly once Hillary Clinton becomes president, those people in Google...will be placed into positions around the new Clinton presidency..."Hillary Clinton's foreign policy record on interventionism is also an issue, Julian Assange claimed during the video forum, TechWorm detailed. "Of course when she is in power...she is a problem for freedom of speech. We know what she is going to do. And she made the chart for the destruction of Libya, she was involved in the process of taking the Libyan armory and sending it to Syria."
He also seemed to suggest that war is likely if Hillary Clinton becomes president.
"What we have with Clinton is someone who is a hawk but who has the tools of legal interventionism, a rhetorical cover to start wars, and someone who seemingly wants to start them… From WikiLeaks' perspective, Hillary Clinton is a problem in terms of war and peace."Separately, Clinton foes have also argued that Google is manipulating auto-complete search results to bury negative information about Hillary Clinton, according to PJ Media.
As alluded to above, a video made by SourceFed about the auto-complete function allegedly favoring Hillary Clinton (see below) has gone viral. Responding to the video, presidential rival Donald Trump said that "If this is true, it is a disgrace that Google would do that. Very, very dishonest," Business Insider reported.
While acknowledging that Google was not engaging in illegal practices, SourceFed's Matt Lieberman said that "The intention is clear: Google is burying potential searches for terms that could have hurt Hillary Clinton in the primary elections over the past several months by manipulating recommendations on their site."
Google has denied any bias in the auto-complete function.Writing in Politico last summer, prominent psychologist Robert Epstein insisted that Google possesses a significant ability to move public opinion and, by extension, voter behavior. "Google's search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more--up to 80 percent in some demographic groups--with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson."Michael Moore paid a visit to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today at the embassy while on a promotional tour for his new movie Where To Invade Next.
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