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Peter Thiel slams Google for carrying out artificial intelligence research in China

Last month, Peter Thiel suggested that ‘super left wing’ Google employees are anti-American and prefer communist China to the US.

The billionaire also said the tech giant is working with China but not the US military, an allegation which Google disputes.

Thiel, 51, made the comments during a July 15 interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, where he was asked why Google might work with China but not the US.

Thiel said: ‘There’s probably a broad base of Google employees that are ideologically super left wing, sort of woke, and think that China’s better than the US or that the US is worse than China.’

Google told DailyMail.com that Thiel was wrong in his assumptions.

‘As we have said before, we do not work with the Chinese military,’ the company said. 

‘We are working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense, in many areas including cybersecurity, recruiting and healthcare.’ 

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel suggested that ‘super left wing’ Google employees are anti-American and prefer China to the US, while appearing on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox last month. Thiel, 51, was attempting to explain his claim that the tech giant is working with China but not the US military, an allegation which Google disputes 

After making the pro-China allegation, Thiel, who sits on Facebook’s Board of Directors, hedged a bit by saying, ‘It’s more anti-American than anything,’ in an effort to paint Google workers as more against the US than for China.

After Thiel called Google treasonous, Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council, pushed back on Thiel’s claims on Fox Business the next day.

‘I have not spoken to Peter Thiel about this, I’m not sure what he’s pointing to, Kudlow said. ‘I meet with Google, I meet with Google’s CEO on a regular basis. I think their working for America, for our military, not for China.’

Kudlow then threw up his hands for a moment in apparent confusion over Thiel’s claims saying, ‘Peter Thiel is a good man. He’s been a great supporter of the Trump administration. He’s a very smart guy. I’m just not sure where he’s going on this.’ 

Thiel elaborated a bit on Carlson’s show, bringing up Google ending its contract to work with the Department of Defense on Project Maven in March, after 3,000 employees signed a petition urging the company to pull out of the initiative.

Project Maven’s objective, according to Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. ‘Jack’ Shanahan, director for Defense Intelligence for Warfighter Support in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, ‘is to turn the enormous volume of data available to DoD into actionable intelligence and insights.’

In reference to Project Maven, Thiel said Google chose ‘not to work with US military concerning AI but is working with Chinese government.’  

Thiel also said it goes without saying that Chinese nationals are engaged in espionage within the US and that Google would be a natural target for them.

‘They see themselves in a very serious competition with the US, but we’re not particularly on our guard about it,’ Thiel said. 

‘And if you have a series of super futuristic tech projects that you broadcast to the whole world, it’s at least a suspicion, and then the weird fact that’s indisputable is that Google is working with Communist China but not with the US military on its breakthrough AI technology.’ 

He added: ‘I think the Chinese are competent enough that the Ministry of State Security is likely to have infiltrated Google, and I think the Google management has the sort of decision of either letting the software go out the front door or figuring it’ll get stolen anyway and go out the back door.’ 

Thiel said he would like to ask Google CEO Sundar Pichai the following three questions: ‘How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated Googled? Have the Chinese in particular infiltrated? And why are you working with Communist China and not the US?’

Thiel said he would like to ask Google CEO Sundar Pichai (pictured) the following questions: 'How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated Google? Have the Chinese in particular infiltrated? And why are you working with Communist China and not the US?'

Thiel said he would like to ask Google CEO Sundar Pichai (pictured) the following questions: ‘How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated Google? Have the Chinese in particular infiltrated? And why are you working with Communist China and not the US?’

Google told DailyMail.com last month that Thiel was wrong in his assumptions. 'As we have said before, we do not work with the Chinese military,' the company said. 'We are working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense, in many areas including cybersecurity, recruiting and healthcare'

Google told DailyMail.com last month that Thiel was wrong in his assumptions. ‘As we have said before, we do not work with the Chinese military,’ the company said. ‘We are working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense, in many areas including cybersecurity, recruiting and healthcare’

Carlson said the questions seemed obvious and asked Thiel why the US government isn't asking these questions, to which Thiel replied that it's possible the US government is doing just that, 'and they haven't told us.' If that is the case, President Donald Trump must not have been aware of it.

Carlson said the questions seemed obvious and asked Thiel why the US government isn’t asking these questions, to which Thiel replied that it’s possible the US government is doing just that, ‘and they haven’t told us.’ If that is the case, President Donald Trump must not have been aware of it.

Carlson said the questions seemed obvious and asked Thiel why the US government isn’t asking these questions, to which Thiel replied that it’s possible the US government is doing just that, ‘and they haven’t told us.’

If that is the case, President Donald Trump must not have been aware of it.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday, quoting a segment on ‘Fox & Friends’:

‘Billionaire Tech Investor Peter Thiel believes Google should be investigated for treason. He accuses Google of working with the Chinese Government.’

Trump then pronounced Thiel ‘[a] great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone!’ and added ‘The Trump Administration will take a look!’ 

In July of last year, Bloomberg reported that Thiel has expressed interest in investing in Chinese startups. 

Even so, Thiel said on Monday he thinks ‘the FBI and CIA would be the natural places to look into’ Google’s activities in other countries.

Thiel added: ‘The FBI would look at it from the domestic side. The CIA would look at it from the outside in, and would try to look at it from the outside seeing if there are people controlling inside Google, or something like that.’

Thiel said that innovation within the US can be replicated, even though sweeping progress is still starting here.

‘Most of the [breakthrough technologies we have] are still originating and developing in the West, but they don’t give us much of an advantage if they get transferred in a matter of a few years, if not a matter of months,’ he said.     

In July of last year, Bloomberg reported that Thiel has expressed interest in investing in Chinese startups. Even so, Thiel said on Monday he thinks 'the FBI and CIA would be the natural places to look into' Google's activities in other countries. President-elect Donald Trump (left), Thiel (center) and Tim Cook (right), chief executive officer of Apple, Inc., listen during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City

In July of last year, Bloomberg reported that Thiel has expressed interest in investing in Chinese startups. Even so, Thiel said on Monday he thinks ‘the FBI and CIA would be the natural places to look into’ Google’s activities in other countries. President-elect Donald Trump (left), Thiel (center) and Tim Cook (right), chief executive officer of Apple, Inc., listen during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City

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