Nine months after internal protests and public outcry caused Google to stop developing AI for military drones, the Department of Defense is keeping any records of the mysterious Project Maven tightly under wraps.
More than a year ago, The Intercept reporter Sam Biddle tried to use public information law to learn more about the drones. Now, Biddle writes that the Department of Defense identified 5,000 pages of relevant records and documents — but deemed that every single sentence was too sensitive to release to the public.
The Intercept reports that the Department of Defense claimed that every record of Google’s involvement in Project Maven, which has since switched hands from Google to defense contractor Anduril, contains “critical infrastructure security information.”
The Department of Defense sent The Intercept a memo from Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman, who wrote that releasing Project Maven records would “provide an adversary with the information necessary to disrupt, destroy, or damage DoD, technology, military operations, facilities, and endanger the lives of personnel.”