Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has accused social networking giant Facebook of being the ‘the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented’.
In a controversial interview with Russia Today, Assange claimed that almost all the big US based internet companies including Google, Yahoo and Facebook allow US intelligence agencies to access data on millions of customers via a specially designed user interface.
He implied that as users stored information on all their contacts, personal relationship and whereabouts, the US government had access to a massive user generated database containing information on millions of people worldwide.
“Here we have the world's most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to U.S. intelligence,” he said during the interview.
“They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use. Now is it the case that Facebook is actually run by US intelligence? No it's not like that. It's simply that U.S. intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure to them and it's costly for them to hand out records one by one so they have automated the process,” he continued.
Assange, the founder of controversial whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, is currently residing in London, awaiting extradition to Sweden where he will face charges of rape.