Oct 112011

Personally, I don’t have any use for WikiLeaks. I think the megalomaniacal personality of their founder is far too imprinted on its membership, creating an organization that has neither the capacity nor the desire for discretion. Being supremely open isn’t a justification for posting information that endangers other people. But that’s me.

I have even less use for organizations that trade off the backs of peoples’ privacy, only to grab their ankles when the government asks them to. That’s what Google is likely doing to Jacob Appelbaum, who according to NBC Bay Area, is the target of the Fed’s investigation of the WikiLeaks volunteer. The government wants Google and the ISP Applebaum used, Sonic.net, to turn over all of his email accounts. So how does the largest provider of email react when questioned about the responsibility of maintaining its users’ privacy?

Google declined comment when asked but Sonic.net said it tried to fight the order but could not afford to keep up the legal battle.

No comment. You have got to be fucking kidding me. Your users want to know if you’re a service – a service that’s integral to your billions of dollars in advertising revenue every quarter – that’s going to stand up for them or one that’s going to knuckle under when the Man comes knocking.

Google: are you turning over the emails or are you defending the rights your users have to their privacy? Easy fucking question, guys. I mean, easy if you’re not turning them over, I guess.

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