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    Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, disputed allegations from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, that the tech company is working with government officials. 

     

    "There is no relationship and no linkage between the National Security Agency and Google," Schmidt told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "There wasn't one, there isn't one, and there's not going to be one."

     

    Schmidt was at the CBC to promote his new book, Google: How Google Works, and defended himself and the tech titan against Assange's allegations that Google had been in a "close connection" with the NSA. Schmidt called Assange's comments incorrect.

     

    "I can say to you with quite a bit of surety, as a person who is a relatively serious computer scientist here, the safest place you can put your information is on Google right now," Schmidt said.

     

    Google also faced criticism from the director of the FBI, James Comey for encrypting smartphone data so that some users can "place themselves beyond the law."

     

    We figure if Google is being criticized by both the WikiLeaks founder and the FBI, then it's probably doing a good job. It's kind of a tech Goldilocks, it's not too anarchist nor is it too establishment.