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Tired of helping the CIA? Quit Facebook, Venezuela minister urges

A Venezuelan government minister on Wednesday urged citizens to shut Facebook accounts to avoid being unwitting informants for the US Central Intelligence Agency, referring to recent revelations about US surveillance programs.

By:REUTERS
| Updated on: Jul 11 2013, 09:16 IST
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A Venezuelan government minister on Wednesday urged citizens to shut Facebook accounts to avoid being unwitting informants for the US Central Intelligence Agency, referring to recent revelations about US surveillance programs.

Edward Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor who is stuck in a Moscow airport while seeking to avoid capture by the United States, last month leaked details about American intelligence agencies obtaining information from popular websites including Facebook.

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He exposed a program known as Prism that relied on customer data supplied by major technology companies.

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'Countries and people that have fallen victim to gringo spying should sue the United States to ensure fair compensation. We're going to bankrupt the US economy!' wrote Varela, known for radical rhetoric and ardent support of the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

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First Published Date: 11 Jul, 09:12 IST
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