Wikileaks documents and emails reveal that Google has supported al-Qaeda and other Salafist groups. In the beginning of the conflict in Syria, Google helped the Muslim Brotherhood to new members.
Jared Cohen, the then director, coordinated actions to support the groups with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Deputy State Secretary William Burns.
Google has used the IT sector to help track the conflict in Syria. For example, in July 2012, Google provided a tool that would follow defects in Syria and spread information in Syria using Al-Jazeera. According to the plotting of U.S. officials and Google, this should encourage more people to take up arms and join the ranks of the rebels. “This is a cool idea,” says the policy planner for Obama, Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton, for which he was advised in the previous presidential elections.
In a, then secret, now publicly available, US government’s internal report on the Syrian conflict states that “the Salafist, Muslim brotherhood and AQI are the main troops running the rebels in Syria.” It is shown that the US government was aware that the opposition in the Syrian conflict mainly consists of al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups.
Supporting Al-Qaeda was already a habit for the US administration in 2012, just 11 years and 2 wars after the Twin Towers in New York were hit by aircraft Sullivan wrote “Al-Qaeda is on our side in Syria,” in a mail report to Clinton.
With the slogan “Do not be evil”, Google tried to win the trust of the people. By 2015, the company had a makeover, with Alphabet as parent organization with sub branches like Google, Verily and Google Ideas, it became clear that Google became a part of the US military-industrial complex that supplies products and services to military operations, such as NSA director Keith Alexander assessed.
Alphabet’s head Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen provided this new status to Google: “What Lockheed Martin was for the twentieth century, technology and cyber-security companies will be for the twenty-first.”