The transcript, according to The Intercept, was from a July 18 conversation involving Google’s search engine chief, Ben Gomes, regarding the development of a censored search engine for China that would “blacklist phrases” including:
• human rights,
• student protest, and
• Nobel Prize.
Gomes reportedly said Google needed to be “focused on what we want to enable,” so that when the Chinese government gave the green light, they would be ready to roll out. He added:
“You have taken on something extremely important to the company. I have to admit it has been a difficult journey, but I do think a very important and worthwhile one. I wish ourselves the best of luck in actually reaching our destination as soon as possible.”
This flat-out contradicts what Gomes, who has worked for Google as a search engine developer with the company for nearly 20 years, has said publicly.