By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) After billionaire investor Peter Thiel charged this week that Google may be involved in “treasonous” activities for agreeing to work on developing a censored search engine with China after shunning U.S. Defense Department projects, President Donald Trump said he’s willing to look into the allegations.
In responding to Thiel’s accusations, the president described him as “a great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone!”
“The Trump Administration will take a look!” the president added on July 16, citing a “Fox & Friends” segment about Thiel’s comments.
It isn’t the first time POTUS has mentioned Google’s involvement with China. In March he wrote on Twitter that Google was “helping China and their military, but not the U.S. Terrible!”
Google is helping China and their military, but not the U.S. Terrible! The good news is that they helped Crooked Hillary Clinton, and not Trump….and how did that turn out?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
CNBC reported that the White House had no comment about the president’s statements.
That said, Thiel was clear and direct in his accusation this week during a speech at the National Conservatism conference in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.
As he opened his speech, the billionaire investor cited Google’s attempts to work out a deal with Beijing to develop a tightly-controlled search engine after letting lapse a U.S. Defense Department contract that would have given the American military access to the company’s powerful artificial intelligence tools.
Those actions, Thiel noted, were “seemingly treasonous,” while he suggested that the AI research division of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has been “infiltrated” by Chinese spies.
During his speech, Thiel — a Facebook board member and one of the very few Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs who support POTUS Donald Trump — said U.S. intelligence agencies should be making inquiries into Google’s China connections.
“These questions need to be asked by the FBI and the CIA,” Thiel said, “And I’d like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.”
“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?” he said.
“Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?” he continued.<
“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 U.S. military 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 noted further.
The PayPal entrepreneur has been a longtime supporter of artificial intelligence, Breitbart News reports. In conjunction with fellow technocrats Elon Musk and Reid Hoffman, the trio pledged in 2015 to commit to investing $1 billion to OpenAI, a non-profit organization.
As NTD News reported, Thiel — who co-founded PayPal and who took down Gawker — appeared Monday night on Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson program to point out that almost no one discusses the national security and espionage implications of artificial intelligence.
NewsTarget contributed to this report.
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