09/09/2013 04:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

iPhone Users Are 'Zombies' And Steve Jobs Was 'Big Brother,' According To The NSA: Report


In a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, the NSA reportedly called Apple co-founder Steve Jobs "Big Brother," while also describing iPhone users as "zombies."

In documents leaked by the German news magazine Der Spiegel on Sunday, the National Security Agency suggests that Apple and Steve Jobs are controlling and observing the public.

In fact, the NSA has been spying on Americans' email data and phone data for years. In its story Der Spiegel revealed that the NSA accesses data from all major types of smartphones. The NSA also seems to have access to iPhone geolocation tools and other data, Der Spiegel reports.

Der Spiegel obtained slides from what looks to be an internal NSA presentation. One of the slides obtained by Der Spiegel actually uses images from Apple's "1984" commercial, which played during the 1984 Super Bowl. The whole purpose of that commercial, of course, was to show how Apple would help people avoid an oppressive society, not to start an oppressive society.

"Who knew in 1984... that this would be big brother... and the zombies would be paying customers?" the slides ask. On the slide referring to "Big Brother," there's a photo of Steve Jobs, and on the slide about zombies there's photos of over-excited Apple fans with their new iPhones. You can see the slides below:

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[h/t VentureBeat]



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