Published on May 6th, 2014 📆 | 3214 Views ⚑
Leaked Emails Show Google Secretly Met With The NSA
The series of emails obtained by Al Jazeera
clearly indicate that the relationship between Google and the National Security Agency (NSA) was far cozier than anyone thought. This revelation questions not only the reputation of the largest Internet giant, but also the privacy and security of every individual.
Al Jazeera obtained two sets of email exchanges, one between NSA Gen. Alexander and Google chairman Eric Schmidt, and the other between Gen. Alexander and Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The emails show the extent to which Google didn't just cooperate with the NSA, but also kept a familiar and friendly relationship with the government agency.
The 2012 emails between (then) NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt show that Google was working closely with the NSA, before Edward Snowden revealed the capabilities of U.S Government Agencies for spying on users' online activities.
On one hand, Google claims to have dealt interaction with the NSA in formal way, and on the other hand, the emails suggest the opposite and show the Google being invited to the sessions hosted by the security agency NSA in a very unofficial tone.
On June 28, 2012, Alexander invited Schmidt to attend a “classified threat briefing” on Aug. 8 at a “secure facility in proximity to the San Jose, CA airport” via an email. “The meeting discussion will be topic-specific, and decision-oriented, with a focus on Mobility Threats and Security,” Alexander wrote in the email.
“About six months ago, we began focusing on the security of mobility devices,” Alexander wrote. “A group (primarily Google, Apple and Microsoft) recently came to agreement on a set of core security principles. When we reach this point in our projects we schedule a classified briefing for the CEOs of key companies to provide them a brief on the specific threats we believe can be mitigated and to seek their commitment for their organization to move ahead … Google’s participation in refinement, engineering and deployment of the solutions will be essential.”
Schmidt was not able to attend it and replied positively in an email to Gen, Alexander. He writes, “General Keith.. so great to see you.. ! I’m unlikely to be in California that week so I’m sorry I can’t attend (will be on the east coast). Would love to see you another time. Thank you !”Reportedly, additional emails between Google execs and the NSA have yet to be released.