Did Amazon and Google Help Catalonia Hold Its Banned Referendum?

Cross-posted from The Daily Express

The regional government, led by Carles Puigdemont, paid companies like Amazon and Google in bitcoin to finance the creation of websites and other services related to the referendum on national independence that had been declared illegal by the Spanish administration in Madrid, the Guardia Civil has claimed.

Google was allegedly paid for providing the online tool Project Privacy Shield that protects websites from cyber attacks while Amazon is said to have been paid for providing the system for counting the votes.

Both firms have received a subpoena, according to a report in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Investigators working for the Guardia Civil claim to have come across the evidence whilst working for the 13th Court of Barcelona, which has sent a citation to both companies to explain the nature of their relationship with the regional parliament

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