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Secret Chat Between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt Published By WikiLeaks 212

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-leaks-the-leakers dept.
New submitter milkasing writes "The Verge reports, 'Google chairman Eric Schmidt and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange secretly met in 2011 and held a lengthy interview, according to a transcript published on the whistleblowing site. The leak is surprisingly timely — Schmidt was apparently conducting research with Jared Cohen for the pair's book The New Digital Age, which is set to be released on Tuesday. Assange was under house arrest in England at the time the five-hour conversation took place. The conversation is a fascinating look into the minds of the two men, both of whom have had immeasurable impact on issues surrounding technology over recent years."
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Secret Chat Between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt Published By WikiLeaks

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  • Re:fascinating look (Score:5, Informative)

    by HeckRuler (1369601) on Friday April 19, 2013 @04:47PM (#43498083)

    Dude, didn't you pick up ANY context of what he was saying?

    Here we go:

    "People are treating Google like their most trusted friend. Should they be?"

    "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place, but if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines including Google do retain this information for some time, and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act. It is possible that, that information could be made available to the authorities."

    You should really take that as a not-too-subtle reminder that the cops are looking over his shoulder and he's required by law to turn all your info over to the cops.

    If all your little brain is capable of retaining is the bold section, then big issues like Internet privacy might not be for you.

  • Re:fascinating look (Score:5, Informative)

    by lars (72) on Friday April 19, 2013 @06:02PM (#43498841)

    It's been something like three years since Schmidt said that, and people are still quoting it out of context (facepalm). The comment was in reference to activities performed using Google's services, and was qualified with "the reality is that search engines including Google do retain this information for some time, and it's important, for example that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act. It is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities."

    People need to realize that spreading knee-jerk misconceptions like this is damaging to Internet activism. You aren't helping the privacy cause by building up straw men instead of attacking the actual problematic stuff. The members of congress who support this legislation and the corporations backing them must be loving that so many people are ignoring them to instead focus on telling everyone how bad Schmidt and Google are.

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