He warned the National Security Agency already exploits the United States' status as an internet infrastructure hub to harvest information from Latin American online communication.
“But also, if push comes to shove the (United States) could simply disconnect Latin America from the rest of the world,” he said.
During the interview, Assange contextualized control of internet infrastructure as part of a global “great game.”
“In the past 200 years, we have seen three great games,” he said. Assange characterized the first great game as the 19th Century conflict between colonial powers over central Asia.
“The second great game — which has occurred in this century — has been the great game for control of oil pipelines...and we can see that playing out right now, in terms of Ukraine,” he said.
“And the third great game is the great game for control over the telecommunications between one country and another — or one great population region and another,” he finished.
“If you can turn (the internet) off, you can destroy a whole economy,” he warned.
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