Google released a brief statement Thursday denying that it was providing information about its users to the U.S. intelligence community.
Those statements, which I’d reported in February and revisited Monday after the story suddenly gained an unusual amount of attention, were that Google was providing “user data monitoring capability” to U.S. intelligence agencies.
The story was originally reported by Anthony Kimery of HSToday, a homeland security magazine targeted toward government agencies, based on statements made to him by anonymous sources at an intelligence community conference.
Last week, Robert David Steele, the organizer of that conference, repeated those allegations on a radio show hosted by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Steele commented here Tuesday, saying he has confirmed Google’s intelligence community cooperation and that a program which produced “fewer than 10 real leads, all of them old and useless” was in operation.