Assange Has Another Pop at Google, Saying it's Grown "Big and Bad"

By Gary Cutlack on at

Julian Assange has been typing furiously from inside his Ecuadorian holiday apartment, writing his forthcoming book When Google Met WikiLeaks -- and sticking it to Google boss Eric Schmidt.

The book is said to cover a period in 2011 when Google boss Schmidt and Assange had a meeting to chat about politics, the internet, and compare Speedtest results for Schmidt's own book. Assange is now writing up his side of the meeting in a book of his own, with a lengthy extract on Newsweek explaining how it all came to pass.

Assange's piece soon descends into paranoid spying/NSA territory in which he suggests Google wouldn't be where it is today without hefty US governmental support, saying: "Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has. Schmidt’s tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of U.S. power structures as it expanded into a geographically invasive megacorporation. But Google has always been comfortable with this proximity."

Assange's conclusion on Google's current political clout is that: "Its influence on the choices and behavior of the totality of individual human beings translates to real power to influence the course of history." [Newsweek]