Google Working with the CIA?

    October 31, 2006

Nothing like some conspiracy to start off your working day.

Nate Anderson has a juicy rumor that Google is secretly working the US government, including the CIA. While, there’s no official confirmation or denial from either the government or Google, former intelligence officer Robert David Steele has made the claim

“Google has made a very important strategic mistake in dealing with the secret elements of the U.S. government-that is a huge mistake and I’m hoping they’ll work their way out of it and basically cut that relationship off.” In his view, Google’s attempt earlier this year to avoid turning over information to the Department of Justice was little more than a hypocritical charade.

I’d contact Google and ask if it’s true, but I doubt they’d comment either way. However, knowing Google, if they don’t emphatically deny the relationship, it’s a safe bet the rumor has some substance.



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Andy Beal is an internet marketing consultant and considered one of the world’s most respected and interactive search engine marketing experts. Andy has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies such as Motorola, CitiFinancial, Lowes, Alaska Air, DeWALT, NBC and Experian.

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