On Monday Joe Lonsdale said on news channel that his fellow Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel was brave for speaking against Alphabet’s Google.
Lonsdale said, “Google is not a patriotic company,” also a founding partner of expertise investment firm 8VC.
Lonsdale answered to the criticism levied since Thiel on Sunday said the FBI and the CIA should investigate whether Google has penetrated by Chinese intelligence.
Thiel, also a Facebook board member and even a supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C., and Axios reported on his speech.
Google, responding to Thiel’s comments, said, “As we now have said before, we do not work with the Chinese military.”
The environment at Google is very “academic,” Lonsdale said, where people want to share their work across the world. “There are nationalists in China coming and taking whatever they can learn and taking it back and using it for their nationalist purposes.”
Lonsdale also commented on Google’s contract with the Defense Department, which expired earlier this year and not renewed. “When Google made a choice ‘we’re not going to help the U.S., but we’re going to continue to work in China,’ it was apparent,” Lonsdale said of the company’s patriotism.
Silicon Valley-based Palantir, the data analytics miner, has worked with many agencies of the U.S. government, including the Protection Department, CIA, and FBI. Lonsdale on Monday called Palantir “probably the most patriotic in the Valley.”