The Register 
June 19, 2013
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has claimed that Google is tied up in a conspiracy stretching up to the very highest levels of American government.
Addressing the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art via live video link on Thursday, the pale blond hacker claimed that Google was a US government “echo”.
For the first time, he described interactions with both Google and the State Department which he claimed was “evidence” of intimate relations between the organisations.
Assange famously met up with Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, the young hotshot who is head of Google Ideas and a former high-ranking State Department apparatchik, along with Lisa Shields, a vice president at the Council on Foreign Relations, while under house arrest in the UK during 2011.
The group told Assange they wanted to interview him for Schmidt and Cohen’s book (published this year), The New Digital Age: Re-shaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, but the WikiLeaks founder claimed they had a different motivation for their visit.
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