Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the Internet a project controlled by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), saying Russia needs to fight “for its interests” online.
The Russian president made the remarks on Thursday, stressing that the Internet was a special project by the CIA and “is still developing as such.”
Putin also warned the Russian people against making Google searches, emphasizing that every entry made into Google goes through servers in the United States.
Putin’s remarks come on the backdrop of revelations made public by US surveillance whistleblower, Edward Snowden.
The former CIA employee leaked two top secret US government spying programs under which the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
The NSA scandal took even broader dimensions when Snowden revealed information about its espionage activities targeting friendly countries.
Last October, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a visit to Washington after it was revealed that her cellphone was monitored by the US surveillance program, as were the state oil company Petrobras and Brazilian citizens.
Snowden is now in Russia after Moscow granted him asylum in August 2013 for one year.