Fox Business reported:
The billionaire investor raised the issue at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C., where he said Google should be asked three questions regarding its relationship with China, Axios Opens a New Window. reported.
“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI [artificial intelligence]?” Thiel questioned. “Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?”
For his third question, Thiel slammed Google for its work with China.
“Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military,” Thiel said at the conference. “Because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic [decision] that if the technology doesn’t go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?”
Thiel, one of President Trump’s most vocals supporter in Silicon Valley, said the FBI and CIA should present these questions to Google, adding that he “would like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.”
The investor seemed to be referencing Google’s decision in June 2018 to not renew a contract with the U.S. Defense Department that would help it dissect drone videos through artificial intelligence, CNBC reported. The tech company decided to end the partnership, which expired in March, after thousands of employees protested the work and signed a petition urging Google to step away.
Breitbart News expanded on the level of Google’s perfidy:
Google has come under fire previously for its relationship with China, particularly the development of a censored Chinese search engine codenamed Project Dragonfly.
During a speech before the Hudson Institute in 2018, Vice President Mike Pence criticized what he believes is China’s theft of U.S. technology, urging Google to take action on the issue. Pence said during the speech that other business leaders are hesitant to enter the Chinese market “if it means turning over their intellectual property or abetting Beijing’s oppression.”
Pence called on Google to listen to these other leaders and that “more must follow suit.” He also called on Google to end the development of its censored Chinese search engine project known as Dragonfly: “For example, Google should immediately end development of the ‘Dragonfly’ app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers,” said Pence.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson, Chinese policy expert Dr. Michael Pillsbury noted that eight years ago, Google co-founder Sergey Brin received praise for refusing to do business with the Chinese government, a decision which now appears to have been completely reversed. “Fast forward eight years and Google has reversed itself, but done so secretly.”
Amazon employees are now circulating a letter from June 2018 in which they called for executives to ban Palantir from Amazon Web Services; Palantir’s software utilizes Amazon’s cloud computing unit.
Incidentally, most Americans feel like any investigation should result in the complete destruction of the Internet giant, who wields way too much power.