Internet Companies Begin Revealing Extent Of Government Snooping

Saturday, June 15, 2013
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

This Friday’s night tape bomb came not from the administration, which may have run out of scandals to reveal for the time being, but from FaceBook which late in the evening disclosed the extent to which it has been cooperating with the government on spying on its users. Which also changes the public narrative built upon a pyramid of lies and secrecy one more time – recall how one week ago the company tried to wash its hands one weeks ago when Mark Zuckerberg said that “Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers.” Just indirect. So in what was spun to be a rebellious act by a private company, long-cooperating secretly with the government, FaceBook’s general councel posted on the company’s news blog that the company is releasing data “including all national security requests.” In doing so FB became the first US internet company to reveal the extent of official US government demands to hand over information, including confidential, about its users.

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