Here's Why Putin Called The Internet A 'CIA Project'

Suspicion, intrigue and betrayal of all our personal secrets.

Business Insider
By Michael Kelly
27 April 2014

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Internet originally was a "CIA project" and "is still developing as such."

The comments sound paranoid, but they actually serve Putin's aims well.

Today, Russia is leading the charge for breaking up the Internet as it currently functions by running Web traffic through servers in each respective country.

"In two years we may get a completely different Internet," Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov told BI in January. "It might be a collection of Intranets instead of one Internet. Actually I think it's very possible."

Earlier this week, Russia's parliament passed a law requiring foreign Internet services such as Gmail and Skype to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year. This would create a Russian 'Intranet' that would be separate from the globally-interconnected Web, much like social media website VKontakte now serves as Russia's Kremlin-allied Facebook outside of Facebook.

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