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Ash Carter, former Obama defense secretary: Google 'has a duty to this country'


Added 07-18-19 11:35:02am EST - “Former Obama Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday echoed concerns about Google potentially helping China's military.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Ash Carter, former Obama defense secretary: Google ‘has a duty to this country’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former Obama Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday echoed concerns about Google potentially helping China’s military.

“If you’re working in China, you don’t know whether you’re working on a project for the military or not,” Mr. Carter said on CNBC. “There is a duty to this country. We’re in debt to the society that we live in.”

Mr. Carter, who also served as an adviser in the George W. Bush administration, was responding to tech investor Peter Thiel’s accusation that Google has made a “seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the U.S. military.”

Mr. Thiel, a prominent supporter of President Trump, has asked for a government investigation, and Mr. Trump said his administration will “take a look” at the claim.

“He made a very big statement about Google. … When you say that, you know, Google is involved with China in not a very positive way for our country,” the president said in a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. “I know that our other agencies will be looking at it. And we’ll see if there’s any truth to it. But that’s a very big statement, made by somebody who’s highly respected.”

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