Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches.
Putin assured a group of young journalists that the Internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance continues today.
"That's life. That's how it's organised 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," Putin said in televised comments.
Media Forum of Independent Local and Regional Media http://t.co/FNrHyBzJpG— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) April 24, 2014
Responding to questions from a young pro-Kremlin blogger, Putin warned that information entered on Google "all goes through servers that are in the States, everything is monitored there".
Putin calls internet a 'CIA project' renewing fears of web breakup http://t.co/lkeGJBKNPl— Guardian news (@guardiannews) April 24, 2014