Ex-CIA Officer: Facebook 'Routinely' Blocking Accounts at US, Israel's Requests
According to the journalist, Facebook's decision to close the account of Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechen Republic, Russia, is similarly "disturbing and dangerous." Greenwald highlighted that while the social media service claims that "Mr. Kadyrov's [Facebook and Instagram] accounts were deactivated because he had just been added to a United States sanctions list and that the company was legally obligated to act," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remains active on both platforms despite the fact he is on the same sanctions list.
The CIA veteran says that there is nothing new in what the investigative journalist is describing: "Those of us in the activist community have long been observing how some articles have been blocked or made to disappear."
"In the case of Israel, they fear lawsuits from Israel's many and powerful friends in the United States," Giraldi suggested.
Regardless of Donald Trump's assuming office, the United States government has been doing much of the same since the time of the Obama administration, the former intelligence official underscored.