Julian Assange Claims US Cyber Spying Threatens Latin America

Julian Assange Claims US Cyber Spying Threatens Latin America

Julian Assange has come out with yet another verbal attack on the US, this time warning that Latin American nations are at risk of losing their sovereignty due to their dependence on American telecommunications technologies and companies.

The WikiLeaks founder issued his warning during a videoconference at the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay, stating that Latin American countries’ reliance on the US for its internet hardware and traffic was a huge vulnerability. He pointed out the countries were leaving themselves open to wide-scale monitoring by US intelligence agencies like the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency (NSA).

RT News quotes Assange as saying:

“The penetration of the internet in all facets of society, substituting traditional mail and telephone and even physical interaction between individuals has placed in the hands of the US information provided by telecoms for the majority of humanity.”

Assange specifically warned against the rise of social media sites and VoIP services provided by US companies such as Google and Skype. He said that Latin American nations were unwittingly loading profiles of their citizens onto American-controlled servers in the US state of California which could easily be accessed by the US government.

“These servers are directly or indirectly controlled by mechanisms, legal or otherwise, via intelligence services of the US and its peripheral organizations,” continued Assange.

Assange’s remarks come just days after it was revealed that the US Justice Department had secretly gained access to the private telephone records of the Associated Press news service. Referring to this, Assange said it was just the latest example of the US demonstrating no scruples in breaking its own laws to spy on American citizens. Moreover, he added that there are currently no existing laws in the US that prevent that country from spying on foreign citizens.

Assange stated that he was particularly concerned over the capabilities of the NSA, an organization with a budget far greater than that of the FBI and CIA combined, which is capable of listening into millions of communications every day. He finished his outburst by claiming that this kind of security threat would have been “the stuff of science fiction” just a few years ago.

Mike Wheatley

Mike Wheatley is a senior staff writer at SiliconANGLE. He loves to write about Big Data and the Internet of Things, and explore how these technologies are evolving and helping businesses to become more agile.

Before joining SiliconANGLE, Mike was an editor at Argophilia Travel News, an occassional contributer to The Epoch Times, and has also dabbled in SEO and social media marketing. He usually bases himself in Bangkok, Thailand, though he can often be found roaming through the jungles or chilling on a beach.

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  1. Please help support freedom of the press and freedom of information by sponsoring Julian Assange for the Nobel prize for freedom of the press: Google: Avaaz.org “Julian Assange for Nobel prize “Freedom of the Press”” and vote! PLEASE HELP PROMOTE THIS LINK.If we fail to protect the “Assanges” of the world, we condemn ourselves to tyranny. More than, 500 people, from all over the world, have already voted; be the next to add your voice to freedom of the press!

  2. Yes it is absolutely essential that we the people are aware of our surroundings, our governments and what is now considered to be safe. Who wants tyranny. Freedom of the press means freedom of peoples around the world and Julian Assange has already demonstrated time and time again how the public at large are kept in the dark – Julian Assange should be rewarded for his efforts to keep the press Free!

  3. “…but he also hates Google and can never resist having a quick dig at them should the opportunity arise :)”
    Then you would probably relish the chance to discuss the 29 government back doors in Google’s Glass eh?  LULZ!

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