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Microsoft gave repressive Tunisia aid to stop open source
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| Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks has is âcurrently under heavy attackâ in the
| aftermath of the latest release of cables.
| The infamous site recently released a new batch of documents, and Microsoft is
| one of the latest to find itself in hot water - as its role working with the
| repressive Tunisian government comes to light.
| According to ZDNet UK, a cable was sent by the US embassy in September 2006
| highlighting how Microsoft had been cosying up to the authoritarian regime of
| President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
| It appears that, in its desperation to stop Tunisian authorities using open
| source in place of its own Windows products, Microsoft set up a program on
| cyber criminality to cover training, as well as handing over the source code
| for Windows.
| While Microsoft is not the only firm caught misbehaving with foreign
| governments, with others lending support to the Libyan regime, the support of
| the Tunisian authorities prior to the uprising which kicked off the Arab
| Spring is serious stuff.
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