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** Cohen had dinner in Cairo the night before the Google Exec was picked up by GOE State Security.....one-hour after the dinner, the Gypo exec was grabbed off the streets heading into a friends apt.
More to follow.....
State Department Innovator Goes to Google
Jared Cohen, a high-profile advocate of the State Department's forays into "21st-century statecraft," is leaving Foggy Bottom for New York. In an exclusive interview with FP, he talks about his time at State and his new project: building a "think/do tank" called Google Ideas.
via 1122191_Egypt - Google ** Suggest you read | Al Akhbar English. Jeremy Hammond's freedom died to bring you this information :[
"Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept support and air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do..." as Burton at Stratfor put it... As Jeremy Hammond rots in jail for the Stratfor leak, the emails in that leak showed that Eric Schmidt's wingman Jared Cohen was involved in using Google as an avenue to boil up unrest in various countries - and not merely by making blogs indexable either. It's gotten into a far more complicated game now. I am reposting some key articles on this. Julian Assange describes Cohen as a Generation Y Kissinger figure which is a pretty good way to put it.
Let's go back to 2012 for a bit here and see how the Jared Cohen / State Department thing got shaken out of the Wikileaks-supported Stratfor leak.
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Top Google execs, including the company’s CEO and one of Barack Obama’s major presidential campaign donors Eric Schmidt, informed the intelligence agency Stratfor about Google’s activities and internal communication regarding “regime change” in the Middle East, according to Stratfor emails released by WikiLeaks and obtained by Al-Akhbar. The other source cited was Google’s director for security and safety Marty Lev.
Email exchanges suggest that Google execs were suspicious that Cohen was coordinating his moves with the White House.
The briefings mainly focused on the movements of Jared Cohen, currently the director of Google Ideas, a “think/do-tank” billed as a vehicle for spreading American-style liberal democracy. Cohen was also a former member of US Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and former advisor to Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.
Email exchanges, starting February 2011, suggest that Google execs were suspicious that Cohen was coordinating his moves with the White House and cut Cohen’s mission short at times for fear he was taking too many risks. Stratfor’s vice-president of counter-terrorism Fred Burton, who seemed opposed to Google’s alleged covert role in “foaming” uprisings, describes Cohen as a “loose Cannon” whose killing or kidnapping “might be the best thing to happen” to expose Google.
The Cohen Conspiracy
Stratfor’s spotlight on Cohen began on 9 February 2012 after Burton forwarded to the secure email list a Foreign Policy article discussing Cohen’s move from the State Department to Google Ideas. With this article, Burton noted that Cohen had dinner in Cairo with Wael Ghonim on January 27, 2011 just hours before the Egyptian Google Executive was famously picked up by Egypt’s State Security. (doc-id 1122191)
On the same day, Stratfor’s staff make reference to a Huffington Post article which highlighted Cohen’s role in “delaying the scheduled maintenance on Twitter so the Iranian revolution could keep going” and a Foreign Policy article that noted that Cohen “was a Rhodes scholar, spent time in Iran, [and] hung out in Iraq during the war…”. These casual discovers further perked Stratfor’s curiosity about Cohen. (doc-id 1629270)
The following day, Burton forwarded a message to the secure email list from “a very good Google source” who claimed that Cohen “[was] off to Gaza next week”. Burton added, “Cohen, a Jew, is bound to get himself whacked….Google is not clear if Cohen is operating [with a] State Dept [or] WH [White House] license, or [is] a hippie activist.”
Korena Zucha, another senior analyst on the list, queried, “Why hasn’t Google cut ties to Cohen yet? Or is Cohen’s activity being endorsed by those higher up in the [company] than your contact?”
In turn, Burton replied, “Cohen’s rabbi is Eric Schmidt and Obama lackey. My source is trying to find out if the billionaire owners are backing Cohen’s efforts for regime change.” (doc-id 1111729)
Later on, Burton forwarded information from the “Google source” of Cohen’s links in establishing Movements.org. The source added, “A site created to help online organization of groups and individuals to move democracy in stubborn nations. Funded through public-private partnerships.” Burton pointed out that the US State Department is the organization’s public sponsor.” (doc-id 1118344)
Indeed, the State Department, partnering with a number of corporations, was the main sponsor for the 2008 inaugural Alliance of Youth Movements summit in New York City that subsequently established Movements.org. Hillary Clinton endorsed the organization and presented a video message during the second summit held in Mexico City a year later.
On 11 February, Burton wrote to the secure email list that Cohen was still planning to head to Gaza. He added, “The dude is a loose can[n]on. GOOGLE is trying to stop his entry into Gaza now because the dude is like scorched earth. It’s unclear to GOOGLE if he’s driving without a license, but GOOGLE believes he’s on a specific mission of “regime change” on the part of leftist fools inside the WH who are using him for their agendas.” (doc-id 1113596)
Throughout this day, the idea proposed by Burton, and seemingly felt by his Google contacts as well, of Cohen and the White House’s involvement in the uprisings was actively discussed among the analysts, especially in regards to who would be targeted next. (doc-id 1113965)
By Monday, 14 February 2011, Burton shared intelligence with George Friedman, Stratfor’s founder, and Scott Stewart, vice-president of Stratfor’s tactical department, from his source in Google that Cohen was ordered not to go to Gaza. Burton’s Google source further stated, “Also, thinking I [the unnamed source] may be on the right track about him despite his denials [in reference to Cohen working for the White House/State Department].”
When asked to clarify his sources on Cohen, Burton claimed that they were Marty Lev, Google’s director for security and safety, and Eric Schmidt, the current CEO of Google. (doc-id 398679)
A week later, Burton forwarded an internal Google email obtained from a ‘senior Google executive’. This email was seemingly sent by Cohen to the senior Google executive to discuss Cohen’s planned trip in March.
“GOOGLE are doing things the CIA cannot do."
In it, Cohen wrote, “I wanted to follow-up and get a sense of your latest thinking on the proposed March trip to UAE, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. The purpose of this trip is to exclusively engage the Iranian community to better understand the challenges faced by Iranians as part of one of our Google Ideas groups on repressive societies. Here is what we are thinking: Drive to Azerbaijan/Iranian border and engage the Iranian communities closer to the border (this is important because we need the Azeri Iranian perspective).”
After reading Cohen’s email, Stewart remarked, “Cohen might end up having an accident if he is not careful. This is not child’s play.”
Burton responded, “GOOGLE is getting WH [White House] and State Dept. support and air cover. In reality, they are doing things the CIA cannot do. But, I agree with you. He’s going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose GOOGLE’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and GOOGLE is left holding the shit bag.” (doc-id 1121800)
On 10 March 2011, Burton forwarded another message from his ‘senior Google executive’ source detailing how Cohen was requested not to travel on his proposed trip. The source explained that Google had concerns over Cohen’s “baggage” as a “US State Dept. policy maker, his research and publications on Muslim extremists and youth movements and his presence in Egypt just as the uprising started.”The source also stated that Cohen was recommended to “take a lower profile on this specific trip and let time pass before being visible and associated with people known by their states to be active in challenging repressive societies.” (doc-id 1164190)
A subsequent message from Burton’s source on 22 March 2011 affirmed that Cohen “heeded the advice not to go to Turkey or UAE for those meetings.” (doc-id 1133861)
The final email dealing with Cohen was on 30 March 2011.
Here, Burton forwarded to the alpha (secure) email list a response by his source to Burton’s question of whether Cohen was playing any role in Libya at the time. The source stated, “Not that I’m aware of. He heeded the advice to avoid Turkey and UAE and didn’t go on that trip.” (doc-id 1160182)
Google Ideas: Politicizing Technology
Certainly, there is more than meets the eye to Cohen and his actions; even his superiors in Google seem to think so.
The belief, chiefly by Burton, that Cohen had seemingly played a role in fermenting the uprisings that toppled Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak underplays, and at times entirely disregards, the ability and agency by local movements in Tunisia and Egypt.
Nevertheless, Google Ideas, which Cohen directs, is a new animal. According to a report by the Financial Times published last July, Google Ideas seems to bond idealistic activist sensibilities with Google’s pursuit for continued global expansion - blurring the lines between business and political action. Schmidt and Cohen dub Google Ideas as a “think/do-tank” that aims to tackle political and diplomatic matters through the use of technology.
The first public event for the think/do-tank, in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tribeca Film Festival, was held last June in Dublin. It gathered around 80 ‘former’ extremists, including former Muslim radicals, neo-Nazis, US gang members, and others, in a “Summit Against Violent Extremism”. The announcement by Google declared that the summit’s aim is “to initiate a global conversation on how best to prevent young people from becoming radicalised and how to de-radicalise others” and that “the ideas generated at the Dublin summit will be included in a study to be published later in the year.”
One spin off was the creation of the Against Violent Extremism group, apparently a network for those who attended the Dublin Summit. Beyond merely networking, the group also advertises certain projects that are in need of funding. Notably, much of the projects pertain to the Middle East, including an “Al-Awlaki Counter-Campaign” - Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen of Yemeni origin, was assassinated in September of last year by the US for his alleged al-Qaeda connections.
But the Against Violent Extremism site does not seem to be presently active. The last update for projects in need of funding was made in September and the last announcement regarding the workings of the site was made in October.
More recently, Foreign Policy reported in January that the Brookings Institute, one of the oldest and most influential think-tanks in Washington, DC, named Google Ideas as “the best new think tankestablished in the last 18 months.” Such accolades arguably suggests that Google Ideas is expected to be a major player in the near future.
Now Julian Assange goes into this mix pointing out the weird Google ventures
The Stringer (Australia), August 24, 2013
Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now?
by Julian Assange
It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system.
So just how close is Google to the US securitocracy? Back in 2011 I had a meeting with Eric Schmidt, the then Chairman of Google, who came out to see me with three other people while I was under house arrest. You might suppose that coming to see me was gesture that he and the other big boys at Google were secretly on our side: that they support what we at WikiLeaks are struggling for: justice, government transparency, and privacy for individuals. But that would be a false supposition. Their agenda was much more complex, and as we found out, was inextricable from that of the US State Department. The full transcript of our meeting is available online through the WikiLeaks website.
The pretext for their visit was that Schmidt was then researching a new book, a banal tome which has since come out as The New Digital Age. My less than enthusiastic review of this book was published in the New York Times in late May of this year. On the back of that book are a series of pre-publication endorsements: Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Michael Hayden (former head of the CIA and NSA) and Tony Blair. Inside the book Henry Kissinger appears once again, this time given pride of place in the acknowledgements.
Schmidt’s book is not about communicating with the public. He is worth $6.1 billion and does not need to sell books. Rather, this book is a mechanism by which Google seeks to project itself into Washington. It shows Washington that Google can be its partner, its geopolitical visionary, who will help Washington see further about America’s interests. And by tying itself to the US state, Google thereby cements its own security, at the expense of all competitors.
Two months after my meeting with Eric Schmidt, WikiLeaks had a legal reason to call Hilary Clinton and to document that we were calling her. It’s interesting that if you call the front desk of the State Department and ask for Hillary Clinton, you can actually get pretty close, and we’ve become quite good at this. Anyone who has seen Doctor Strangelove may remember the fantastic scene when Peter Sellers calls the White House from a payphone on the army base and is put on hold as his call gradually moves through the levels. Well WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison, pretending to be my PA, put through our call to the State Department, and like Peter Sellers we started moving through the levels, and eventually we got up to Hillary Clinton’s senior legal advisor, who said that we would be called back.
Shortly afterwards another one of our people, WikiLeaks’ ambassador Joseph Farrell, received a call back, not from the State Department, but from Lisa Shields, the then girlfriend of Eric Schmidt, who does not formally work for the US State Department. So let’s reprise this situation: The Chairman of Google’s girlfriend was being used as a back channel for Hillary Clinton. This is illustrative. It shows that at this level of US society, as in other corporate states, it is all musical chairs.
That visit from Google while I was under house arrest was, as it turns out, an unofficial visit from the State Department. Just consider the people who accompanied Schmidt on that visit: his girlfriend Lisa Shields, Vice President for Communications at the CFR; Scott Malcolmson, former senior State Department advisor; and Jared Cohen, advisor to both Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, a kind of Generation Y Kissinger figure -- a noisy Quiet American as the author Graham Greene might have put it.
Google started out as part of Californian graduate student culture around San Francisco’s Bay Area. But as Google grew it encountered the big bad world. It encountered barriers to its expansion in the form of complex political networks and foreign regulations. So it started doing what big bad American companies do, from Coca Cola to Northrop Grumman. It started leaning heavily on the State Department for support, and by doing so it entered into the Washington DC system. A recently released statistic shows that Google now spends even more money than Lockheed Martin on paid lobbyists in Washington.
Jared Cohen was the co-writer of Eric Schmidt’s book, and his role as the bridge between Google and the State Department speaks volumes about how the US securitocracy works. Cohen used to work directly for the State Department and was a close advisor to both Condolezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. But since 2010 he has been Director of Google Ideas, its in-house ‘think/do’ tank.
Documents published last year by WikiLeaks obtained from the US intelligence contractor Stratfor, show that in 2011 Jared Cohen, then (as he is now) Director of Google Ideas, was off running secret missions to the edge of Iran in Azerbaijan. In these internal emails, Fred Burton, Stratfor’s Vice President for Intelligence and a former senior State Department official, describes Google as follows:
"Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept support and air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do... [Cohen] is going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the shit-bag."
In further internal communication, Burton subsequently clarifies his sources on Cohen’s activities as Marty Lev, Google’s director of security and safety and ... Eric Schmidt.
WikiLeaks cables also reveal that previously Cohen, when working for the State Department, was in Afghanistan trying to convince the four major Afghan mobile phone companies to move their antennas onto US military bases. In Lebanon he covertly worked to establish, on behalf of the State Department, an anti-Hezbollah Shia think tank. And in London? He was offering Bollywood film executives funds to insert anti-extremist content into Bollywood films and promising to connect them to related networks in Hollywood. That is the Director of Google Ideas. Cohen is effectively Google’s director of regime change. He is the State Department channeling Silicon Valley.
That Google was taking NSA money in exchange for handing over people’s data comes as no surprise. When Google encountered the big bad world, Google itself got big and bad.
Keyhole Google and the CIA: Another dimension of this relationship worth noting is the essentially Google/CIA joint venture known as Google Earth. It's well known to researchers but not widely: one of Google's principle products, Google Earth, started as Keyhole, turbocharged by the CIA's venture capital fund In-Q-Tel. See Oct. 2004: Google buys CIA-backed mapping startup • The Register. This is an interesting take: http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/Pickup/AAG2009/6-Cloud9_Keyhole.pdf
In-Q-Tel Announces Strategic Investment in Keyhole - 2003 I think: - original: http://www.iqt.org/press/2003/Keyhole_06-25-03.html
ARLINGTON, Va. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -
- In-Q-Tel, a private nonprofit venture funded by the Central Intelligence
Agency, today announced a strategic investment in Keyhole Corp., a pioneer of
interactive 3D earth visualization. The investment, made in February 2003,
was In-Q-Tel's first engagement with a company on behalf of the National
Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA).
Immediately demonstrating the value of Keyhole's technology to the
national security community, NIMA used the technology to support United States
troops in Iraq. "Within two weeks of In-Q-Tel's engagement with Keyhole, we
implemented the technology to support our mission within the Pentagon," said
Rob Zitz, Director of NIMA's InnoVision directorate. "Introducing
technologies like Keyhole is part of NIMA's effort to transform the
intelligence business, and the way we serve our customers."
Keyhole's EarthViewer 3D client application uses videogame-like 3D
graphics and access to massive databases of network-hosted earth information,
including satellite imagery and aerial photography, to produce an interactive
digital model of the earth. Keyhole's EarthSystem(TM) combines a tradition
of 3D graphics technology for flight simulators with innovative network-
streaming technology to deliver enterprise software solutions for large
business and government customers, as well as an Application Service Provider
solution for professional and consumer users. The result is a virtual flyover
experience-so compelling that multiple TV media networks recently used
EarthViewer 3D to 'fly' over Iraqi cities and landscapes in news broadcasts
using publicly available satellite images. In addition to media customers,
Keyhole solutions serve a broad range of markets including real estate,
transportation, insurance, consumer and government.
"In-Q-Tel invested in Keyhole because it offers government and commercial
users a new capability to radically enhance critical decision making. Through
its ability to stream very large geospatial datasets over the Internet and
private networks, Keyhole has created an entirely new way to interact with
earth imagery and feature data," said Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel. "With
Keyhole's technology, individuals can see and manipulate their world in 3D,
meeting their business and operational challenges in powerful geographic
"Keyhole's strategic relationship with In-Q-Tel means that the
Intelligence Community can now benefit from the massive scalability and high
performance of the Keyhole enterprise solution," said John Hanke, CEO of
Keyhole. "By capitalizing on trends in commercial markets, In-Q-Tel is
supporting an ever-higher standard of advanced technology adoption in
government. Keyhole is pleased to help set that standard for large-scale 3D
NIMA's success with Keyhole highlights the significant overlap between
technology needs across the agencies of the Intelligence Community. "By
investing in Keyhole, In-Q-Tel is helping CIA and NIMA leverage limited
resources and gain access to a technology of high potential value to both
organizations," said Louie. Working through CIA, NIMA became a limited partner
with In-Q-Tel in the summer of 2002. In addition to an equity investment,
In-Q-Tel is partnering with Keyhole to further enhance Keyhole EarthSytem's
compatibility with a variety of government datasets through adoption of
advanced GIS data standards.
In-Q-Tel is a private, independent, enterprise funded by the CIA. Launched
in 1999, In-Q-Tel's mission is to identify and invest in companies developing
cutting-edge information technologies that serve United States national
security interests. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint that defines
the CIA's critical information technology needs, In-Q-Tel engages with
entrepreneurs, established companies, researchers and venture capitalists to
deliver technologies that pay out in superior intelligence capabilities for
the CIA and the larger Intelligence Community.
Based in Mountain View, CA, Keyhole, Inc., is the pioneer of interactive
3D earth visualization and creator of the groundbreaking rich-mapping
EarthViewer 3D system that transforms the way users interact with geographic
information and earth imagery. Keyhole's EarthViewer 3D accelerates and
enhances decisions for business and government by enabling fast, fluid
interaction with massive network-resident databases of earth imagery and
geospatial information. Users can "fly" from space to street level seamlessly
while interactively exploring layers of information including roads, schools,
businesses, and demographics. Further information about Keyhole is available
at http://www.earthviewer.com .
NIMA ( http://www.nima.mil ) is a member of the National Intelligence
Community and a DoD Combat Support Agency. NIMA's mission is to provide
timely, relevant and accurate Geospatial Intelligence in support of national
security. Geospatial Intelligence is the analysis and visual representation
of security-related activities on the Earth. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md.,
NIMA operates major facilities in the northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and
St. Louis, Mo. areas. NIMA Support Teams serve customers around the nation
and the world.
SOURCE Keyhole Corp.
Few more notes: In-Q-Tel Keyhole Google Earth and CIA | Laboratory of Hidden Alternatives
Going to leave this post here for now but may expand upon the idea later....