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Putin refers to Internet as a 'CIA project'

Posted on Saturday, 26 April, 2014 | Comment icon 91 comments

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The Russian leader has criticized the nature of the Internet, fueling fears of a possible web breakup.
Putin's remarks echo those of several other countries including Germany and Brazil who have expressed concerns over the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden regarding the extent to which the NSA had been infiltrating and monitoring high profile web services.

Now fears have been raised that these revelations could lead to a breakup of the web with countries opting to set up their own state-run networks. At a recent conference in St Petersburg Putin maintained that while Russia does have services in operation to monitor criminals online it does not engage in mass surveillance. "We don't have as much money as they do in the US," he said.

Critics argue that Snowden, who leaked thousands of documents detailing the US government's surveillance programs, may have inadvertently put in motion a series of events that could eventually put an end to the free, global Internet that we know and enjoy today.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (91)

Tags: Internet, Putin, Russia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #82 Posted by Detective Mystery 2014 on 31 May, 2014, 9:07
I referred to GCHQ, not Snowden. They spied on innocent citizens through their personal device's cameras. They watched their most embarrassing and/or most private moments. They sound like voyeurs to me.
Comment icon #83 Posted by Detective Mystery 2014 on 31 May, 2014, 9:20
He's really the king of modern conspiracy theorists. He's really a person who spins and twists real events to bolster and confirm his own theories. I don't doubt the events that he mentions. I doubt some of his interpretations of them.
Comment icon #84 Posted by SaraT on 3 June, 2014, 21:34
If Vlad feels this way, then he needs to ban his female citizens from being mail order brides on the Internet. You know, the young Russian models who are passionately interested in falling in love with 80 year old American and British men.
Comment icon #85 Posted by SaraT on 3 June, 2014, 21:38
I see you've expressed the same thought as me, Jul. You should worry.
Comment icon #86 Posted by Reann on 4 June, 2014, 12:59
I know , I read what you wrote. Only thing though, Snowden did admit to having done the same thing too.
Comment icon #87 Posted by Reann on 4 June, 2014, 13:29
No. No way, not after seeing that video. Dubbing him such as conspirator doesn't fit anymore. I would may have chosen the word provocateur . Person hired to make trouble. His actions and behavior towards those peaceful people were insulting , nasty , perverted , and rude. That footage of him doing what he was doing made him out to be a liar.. He's an obvious provocateur . Does any of his followers wonder why was he doing that ? that is , if he was what he says he is, a conspirator? A conspirator would most likely be in agreement with those people at that rally ,that da... [More]
Comment icon #88 Posted by Detective Mystery 2014 on 5 June, 2014, 2:06
The NSA did to. It happened in the past. Two agents mocked a private phone call between a man and a woman when their relationship ended. One of the couple was in a foreign country, so they eavesdropped with impunity.
Comment icon #89 Posted by Detective Mystery 2014 on 5 June, 2014, 2:18
My opinion is based on his regular spiel, but I doubt that he's in the CIA. He takes real stories, with uncontested facts, and spins and twists them to match his conspiracy theories. This is his modus operandi. That's not to say that I don't believe any of his claims. Anyway, like you, I think that he goes too far at times. That kind of pro wrestling nonsense just feeds into caricatures and stereotypes. It's better to do your own research than it is to follow a particular celebrity, especially when they're embarrassing. ... [More]
Comment icon #90 Posted by bendigger0 on 10 June, 2014, 18:08
Excellent to hear Ed Snowden's own words... all citizens should be grateful to this man for exposing the Police State.
Comment icon #91 Posted by Babe Ruth on 10 June, 2014, 19:41
Snowden, Drake, Kiriakou and other brave folks willing to take some personal heat so that their fellow countrymen might become informed of just how criminal their government is.

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