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Ex-Agent: CIA Seed Money Helped Launch Google

An ex-CIA agent has gone further than ever before in detailing Google's relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency, claiming sources told him that CIA seed money helped get the company off the ground and naming for the first time Google's CIA point man.
Robert David Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer and a former clandestine services case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, is the CEO of OSS.net.

Speaking to the Alex Jones Show, Steele elaborated on his previous revelations by making it known that the CIA helped bankroll Google at its very inception.

"I think Google took money from the CIA when it was poor and it was starting up and unfortunately our system right now floods money into spying and other illegal and largely unethical activities, and it doesn't fund what I call the open source world," said Steele, citing "trusted individuals" as his sources for the claim.

"They've been together for quite a while," added Steele.

Asked to impart to what level Google is "in bed" with the CIA, Steele described the bond as a "small but significant relationship," adding, "it is by no means dominating Google in fact Google has been embarrassed because everything the CIA asked it to do they couldn't do."

"I also think it's very very wrong of Google to have this relationship," cautioned Steele. The former agent went further than before in identifying by name Google's liaison at the CIA. "Let me say very explicitly - their contact at the CIA is named Dr. Rick Steinheiser, he's in the Office of Research and Development," said Steele.

Steele highlighted Google's blatant censorship policies whereby press releases put out by credible organizations that are critical of Dick Cheney and other administration members don't make it to Google News even though they are carried by PR Newswire.

We have repeatedly highlighted past examples of censorship on behalf of Google, including their blacklisting of a mainstream news website that was mildly critical of China, and also the deliberate stifling and manipulation of Alex Jones' Terror Storm film ranking on Google Video. Google was also caught red-handed attempting to bury the Charlie Sheen 9/11 story at the height of its notoriety.

Saying Google had become "too big for itself," Steele opined that Google was "long overdue for a public audit."

"One of the problems with privatized power is that it's not subject to public audit," said Steele, arguing that groups should rally to "put Google out of business unless they're willing to go the open source software route."

We regularly highlight Google's damaging role in aiding the march towards a big brother society, but the admission that Google were planning on teaming up with the U.S. government to use microphones in the computers of an estimated 150 million-plus Internet active Americans to spy on their lifestyle choices and build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining, astounded even us.

Steele said that our previous story about Google's ties to the CIA, which was picked up by dozens of top technology websites, concerned Google enough to lie to the public about it and deny its validity.

It remains to be seen how Google will react to these latest revelations.


permit me to doubt 06.Dec.2006 19:03

Converse Murdoch umlaut@idir.net

This guy is a dedicated spook for twenty years, sworn to secrecy, and all of a sudden he's decided to be truthful about his employer's clandestine activities. A little hard to believe.

.. 07.Dec.2006 23:30


OSS.net - Open Source Intelligence is interesting. Looks like this guy has been doing this project for more than 10 years. It is perfectly reasonable to have doubt about him, but he advocates some smart ideas.

Chief Executive Officer, OSS.NetóGlobal Intelligence Partnership (June 2003--)
Chief Executive Officer, Open Source Solutions, Inc. (April 1993 - June 2003)
Adjunct Faculty, Marine Corps University (mid-1990's)
Senior Civilian, U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence (June 1988 - April 1993)
Case Officer & Specialist, Central Intelligence Agency (August 1979 - June 1988)
Infantry & Intelligence Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (November 1976 - 1996)
Graduate Research Assistant, Lehigh University (September 1974 - May 1976)
Research Assistant, Muhlenberg College (September 1970 - May 1974)