Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches. Speaking to a group of young journalists and responding to a question by a young pro-Kremlin blogger, Putin said, "That's life. That's how it's organized by Americans. You know all of this started during the dawn of the Internet as a special project of the CIA. And it keeps on developing."

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Great title. I don't think it will survive if the thread makes it to the front page.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-04-25 02:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Putin's losing it.

#2 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-04-25 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

When the photos of Vlad and Brian Boitano come out, he'll really be losing it.

#3 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-04-25 04:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think Czar Nicolas felt the same way about the telephone. When a leader discourages the use of technology I think it demonstrates that he fears his people knowing too much, I think a growing number of Russians understand this too.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2014-04-25 07:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Right Wing Hero?

You've got talent boy -- you should be writing headlines for the other Druge Report.

#5 | Posted by PhilipNoir at 2014-04-25 08:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Putin's ideas about government are far more akin to left wing politics. He was, after all, a KGB Marxist.....not exactly Reagan, Rubio or Buchanan.
But the left continues to claim conservatives adore Putin. It's just like the early 1950's when liberals were alleged to be commies.

#6 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-04-26 12:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

It was DARPANET funded GOv't Project not a CIA Project.
Common Knowledge to most.

www.darpa.mil

#7 | Posted by GotTruth at 2014-04-26 02:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Putin's ideas about government are far more akin to left wing politics."

He's the king of the oligarchs and you think he's really a Marxist? Hilarious. And his core beliefs are probably just a little to the right of Reagan, Rubio and Bachman.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2014-04-26 09:02 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

These comments will certainly be used to justify restrictions on internet use by the average Russian. Russia: proudly advancing into the 18th century!

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2014-04-26 11:08 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Actually it is a project of the us department of war pigs, but close enough.

#10 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-04-26 11:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Putin's losing it."

I suspected he might have Alzheimer's.

This does sound like it.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2014-04-26 04:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Putin's losing it.

#2 | Posted by CrisisStills

Putin might be right.

The internet was created by agencies of the US military.
"The history of the Internet begins with the development of electronic computers in the 1950s. Initial concepts of packet networking originated in several computer science laboratories in the United States, Great Britain, and France. The US Department of Defense awarded contracts as early as the 1960s for packet network systems, including the development of the ARPANET (which would become the first network to use the Internet Protocol.)

When the US government then forces all large internet companies to build in back door hacks for spying, how can you say the internet is NOT a US military project?

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-04-26 04:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

What you're hearing from Putin is not alarm, but jealousy.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-26 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

When the US government then forces all large internet companies to build in back door hacks for spying, how can you say the internet is NOT a US military project?
#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

You have to be willfully ignorant to not accept that Uncle Sam pwns the network.
It's not like it's anything new. ECHELON is decades old.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-26 05:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

It doesn't really matter because with the new net neutrality rulings the internet will soon be even more restricted in the US than it is in Russia or China.

#15 | Posted by sentinel at 2014-04-26 10:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

When the US government then forces all large internet companies to build in back door hacks for spying, how can you say the internet is NOT a US military project?
#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly
You have to be willfully ignorant to not accept that Uncle Sam pwns the network.
It's not like it's anything new. ECHELON is decades old.
#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-26 05:00 PM Newsworthy 1

Allegedly, IP protocol was "invented" out of necessity, not in itself a foreseen potential for global exploitation.

ISP's all have deliberate spying. They are compliant or they are not in business.

For all of the CIA's unfettered access, how strange that over two years lapse before a commonplace, deliberate exploit was "discovered", but not confirming this did not come from their spies. Either: they are allowing abuse, created the exploit, or have zero recognition of it until just now. They seem laser-focused on their illicit drugs projects from abroad, why should we expect such a blind, multi-tentacled monstrosity to ever have good intentions? In all probability Putin is more accurate than not, and as a spy king exposing the reality of our citizenry's situation offends people. Imo, he is also not exposing information with good intentions, merely skirting that he is similarly exploiting his own citizens.

#16 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-04-27 01:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

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