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WATCH: Woman Asks Amazon Echo, ‘Alexa, Are You Connected to the CIA?’

UPDATE 3/10/17 @ 10:54 a.m. EST: Alexa has since been updated.

Original story below.


A new video shows a woman asking an Amazon Echo a slew of questions about the Central Intelligence Agency, which it answers. But what happens when she asks it, “Alexa, are you connected to the CIA?”

Radio silence.

The video was front page on Reddit this morning. The top comment, by AnxiousLabelPeeler, reads: “Well that’s a little scary.”

The video comes after the WikiLeaks Vault 7 leak earlier this week, which brought charges that anything connected to the internet, regardless of encryption, could be tapped by the CIA.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been connected to the CIA. In 2013, Bezos bought The Washington Post. Shortly thereafter, The Washington Times reports, Bezos “clinched a $600 million contract with the CIA. The contract was supposed to be a deal for Mr. Bezos and his web-based business to build the CIA a private cloud for intel data.”

However, Bezos’ buying of WaPo may also be a CIA plan under Operation Mockingbird. Operation Mockingbird, which may or may not still exist, started in the early 1950s as a large-scale program by the CIA to manipulate news media for propaganda purposes. If Bezos is being funded by the CIA, The Washington Post may not be as keen to be critical of the organization.

The Amazon Echo came out on June 23, 2015, about two years after Bezos’ contract with the CIA. The Amazon Echo has major privacy concerns, as reported by USA Today. They write: “Amazon keeps an audio recording of every voice command you’ve issued to Alexa. According to Amazon, there is also a fraction of a second of audio before the wake word that is stored along with each recording.”

Another viral video published in January last year has an Amazon Echo owner asking Alexa if they were currently being monitored by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Again, Alexa did not respond.

New Vault 7 revelations may make some question how often Alexa is really listening.

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8 comments

  1. Holy crap… I got the same result when I tried this earlier this morning. I tried again 10 minutes ago, new response every time: “no, I work for Amazon”.
    So I asked “Alexa, who do you work for?” Her response: “I was made by Amazon, but I work on behalf of all my customers.”

  2. BIG EARS
    Does Obama read my email?
    Does Obama tap my phone?
    Does he peer into my bedroom
    With a dragonfly-shaped drone?
    Does he know my favorite color,
    Movie, music, and cologne?
    Does he know I like chai latte
    With a croissant or a scone?
    Does he know where I’ve donated,
    Where I’ve driven to or flown?
    Does he check my charge card charges
    Just as if they were his own?
    Does he recognize no boundaries
    And respect no private zone?
    Does Obama lack the decency
    To leave us all alone?

  3. The CIA already announced that there was nothing to the Vault 7 allegations of tapping electronic devices, etc. They said it was impossible. So much for Wiikileaks!

  4. I got the same result when I tried this earlier this morning. I tried again 10 minutes ago, new response every time: “no, I work for Amazon”.
    So I asked “Alexa, who do you work for?” Her response: “I was made by Amazon, but I work on behalf of all my customers.