Does Google Basically Work For The White House?

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  • Tech giant planned to visually map those defecting from Assad’s regime
  • Tool’s aim were highlighted in email from Google Ideas chief Jared Cohen
  • Cohen left a job at the State Department in 2010 to run Google’s think tank
  • His plan was to encourage more to defect and give confidence to opposition
  • Google planned to give ownership of the tool to network Al-Jazeera
  • The network would ensure the information found its way into Syria

It comes as it emerged Google has a deal to expand Internet access in Cuba Hillary Clinton’s emails reveal how Google wanted to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using a mapping tool.At a time when America’s foreign policy was to topple Assad, the tech giant – whose corporate motto is ‘Don’t Be Evil’ – sought to encourage further defections from the leader’s regime and boost the confidence of the opposition.The plan’s details were passed along to Clinton’s team by a Google executive Jared Cohen, who was a senior advisor to Clinton until 2010 and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.The 34-year-old left his State Department position after being poached by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt to run Google Ideas, now known as Jigsaw. The revelation comes as Google’s plans to expand Internet access in Cuba were revealed by President Barack Obama on Monday.Obama, who is on a historic trip to the communist nation, said in an interview with ABC News: ‘One of the things that we’ll be announcing here is that Google has a deal to start setting up more WiFi and broadband access on the island.’

In 2012, Google’s intention to get involved in Syrian affairs is highlighted in a memo from Cohen, who ran the company’s think tank, which has now changed its name from Google Ideas to Jigsaw, to a number of senior members of Clinton’s team.

Cohen addressed his email, with only the word ‘Syria’ written in the subject box, to deputy secretary of state Bill Burns, Alec Ross, a senior advisor to Clinton and Clinton’s deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan.

In it, he explained that the mapping tool will track and map the insurgents defecting from Assad.VGoogle also planned to stealthily hand the reins over to Al-Jazeera to ensure the data is broadcast into Syria, encouraging further defections and give confidence to the opposition.

Cohen wrote: ‘Please keep close hold, but my team is planning to launch a tool on Sunday that will publicly track and map the defections in Syria and which parts of the government they are coming from.

‘SUBJECT: SYRIA’: GOOGLE IDEAS CHIEF JARED COHEN’S FULL EMAIL 

Deputy Secretary Burns, Jake, Alec,

Please keep close hold, but my team is planning to launch a tool on Sunday that will publicly track and map the defections in Syria and which parts of the government they are coming from.

Our logic behind this is that while many people are tracking the atrocities, nobody is visually representing and mapping the defections, which we believe are important in encouraging more to defect and giving confidence to the opposition.

Given how hard it is to get information into Syria right now, we are partnering with Al-Jazeera who will take primary ownership over the tool we have built, track the data, verify it, and broadcast it back into Syria.

I’ve attached a few visuals that show what the tool will look like. Please keep this very close hold and let me know if there is anything eke [sic] you think we need to account for or think about before we launch. We believe this can have an important impact.

Thanks,

Jared