Assange to RT: Entire nations intercepted online, key turned to totalitarian rule

Published on RT, Nov. 30, 2012 – watch this video-interview: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talking to RT’s Laura Smith at the embassy of Ecuador in London/UK, 12.29 min.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says all the necessary physical infrastructure for absolute totalitarianism through the internet is ready. He told RT that the question now is whether the turnkey process that already started will go all the way:

RT: So you’ve written this book ‘Cypherpunks. Freedom and the Future of the Internet’ based on one of the programs that you’ve made for RT. In it, you say that the internet can enslave us. I don’t really get that, because the internet it’s a thing, it’s a soulless thing. Who are the actual enslavers behind it?  

  • Julian Assange: The people who control the interception of the internet and, to some degree also, physically control the big data warehouses and the international fiber-optic lines. We all think of the internet as some kind of Platonic Realm where we can throw out ideas and communications and web pages and books and they exist somewhere out there. Actually, they exist on web servers in New York or Nairobi or Beijing, and information comes to us through satellite connections or through fiber-optic cables.
  • So whoever physically controls this controls the realm of our ideas and communications. And whoever is able to sit on those communications channels, can intercept entire nations, and that’s the new game in town, as far as state spying is concerned – intercepting entire nations, not individuals.

intercepting entire nations, not individuals

RT: This sounds like a futuristic scenario, but you are saying that the future is already here.

  • JA: The US National Security Agency has been doing this for some 20-30 years. But it has now spread to mid-size nations, even Gaddafi’s Libya was employing the EAGLE system, which is produced by French company AMESYS, pushed there in 2009, advertised in its international documentation as a nationwide interception system.
  • So what’s happened over the last 10 years is the ever-decreasing cost of intercepting each individual now to the degree where it is cheaper to intercept every individual rather that it is to pick particular people to spy upon.

it is cheaper to intercept every individual rather that it is to pick particular people to spy upon‘: … //

(read also the full long interview text).

Links:

Euphemisms away: A world in which truth is a dying species; on Intrepid Report, by Gaither Stewart, November 30, 2012;

If Catalans can fancy life without Madrid, Americans can fancy it without Washington, on Intrepid Report, by Linh Dinh, November 30, 2012.

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