WikiLeaks on Thursday released a broad study of the brisk global trade in surveillance products, which founder Julian Assange [cq] claimed exposes a risk to peoples' privacy, while also launching a revamped submissions platform.
Assange said the study, which encompasses 160 companies in 25 countries, was undertaken as part of an obligation to sources for the whistle-blowing website, which has not accepted submissions for more than a year following security concerns.
The terrorist attacks in September 2001 in the U.S. have proved to be a license for European countries, the U.S., Australia, South Africa and others to develop "spying systems that afffect all of us," Assange said.
"Who here has an iPhone?" Assange asked attendees of the press conference in London. "Who here has a Blackberry? Who here uses Gmail? Well you are all screwed. The reality is intelligence contractors are selling right now to countries across the world mass surveillance systems for all of those products."