Thiel suggested that Google was infiltrated by Chinese intelligence.
Silicon Valley tech executive and venture capitalist Peter Thiel went on the offensive against Google during his speech at the National Conservatism conference this Sunday.
Thiel suggested that the FBI and CIA should investigate Google over its "seemingly treasonous" ties with the Chinese government, according to Bloomberg. Amidst the call for an investigation, the theme of Thiel's speech was that American companies should be focusing on more nationalistic projects.
Bay Area Nationalism
Thiel is the cofounder of Palantir Technologies, the tech company that builds battlefield AI for the U.S. military and sells facial recognition AI services to police and government agencies. Given his own portfolio, it's not surprising that Thiel would advocate for tech companies to support more conservative initiatives.
However, Bloomberg reports that in his speech, Thiel went as far as suggesting that Google and its AI research division, DeepMind, were infiltrated and compromised by Chinese intelligence.
"These questions need to be asked by the FBI and the CIA," Thiel said, per Bloomberg. "And I'd like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner."
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