PayPal founder Peter Thiel demands FBI and CIA investigate Google as he claims it’s been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence and slams firm’s ‘treasonous decision’ to work with Chinese military and cancel US military contract
- Peter Thiel accused Google of being infiltrated by Chinese intelligence services
- The billionaire PayPal founder called on FBI and CIA to investigate the company
- He also slammed Google for refusing to renew a military contract with the US
The billionaire founder of PayPal has called on the FBI and CIA to investigate whether Google has been infiltrated by China.
Tech investor Peter Thiel, 51, made the comments during a speech at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington.
Thiel, a Facebook board member who supported Donald Trump in 2016, slammed Google for working with the Chinese military while refusing to renew a contract with the US Department of Defense.
He also said that American agencies should ask Google three questions, to determine whether it had been infilitrated by Chinese intelligence services.
The billionaire founder of PayPal Peter Thiel, 51, has called on the FBI and CIA to investigate whether Google has been infiltrated by China
The questions are: ‘Number one: How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI (artificial intelligence)?
‘Number two: Does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?
‘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.’
Google has faced criticism for its work on the controversial ‘Project Dragonfly’, a censored search engine for China.
The company admitted last year it had been looking at options to build a specialist search engine in China, but that it had no plans to launch it.
Thiel said that American agencies should ask Google three questions, to determine whether it had been infilitrated by Chinese intelligence services
The firm said it had ‘effectively ended’ the project, with CEO Sundar Pichai assuring US Congress in December that it had ‘no plans’ to release the software.
However, allegations from insiders at Google claim they have discovered hundreds of code changes on the project in the last few months.
This suggests that the project is still being worked on in secret.
Meanwhile, Google decided not to renew a contract with the US military in June 2018 over Project Maven.
The project was a collaboration between Google and the US military to use its AI to control drones destined for enemy territory.
It came following protest resignations from some employees.