updated 04:52 pm EDT, Tue August 13, 2013
Oracle CEO calls Page '100 percent' responsible for suit, NSA 'essential'
Larry Ellison's CBS interview broadcast earlier today, with more controversial contents from the billionaire. Speaking to Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning, in addition to comments about the eventual demise of Apple post-Steve Jobs, the Oracle CEO accused Google CEO Larry Page of acting "absolutely evil" in the Google versus Oracle Java trial. Furthermore, Ellison called the recently revealed NSA surveillance program as "absolutely essential" for national security, and laid out a very narrow parameter where he would be disturbed by it.
"We just think they took our stuff, and that was wrong," Ellison said in the interview. When asked if he thought that Page himself was evil, Ellison clarified that he thought that "what they did was absolutely evil" and blames Page "100 percent" for the suit and its resolution.
Oracle lists the US Government as one of its largest contractors, and suppliers of database software and management. When asked about the NSA surveillance of both foreign communications and US citizens, Ellison said that he though it was "great". He added that "By the way, President Obama thinks its essential. It's essential if we want to minimize the kind of strikes we had in Boston. It's absolutely essential."