POTUS Says He'll Look Into Treason Allegation Against Google

Cites tech investor Peter Thiel
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President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that his Administration will look into the allegation by Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel that Google may have committed treason by working with the Chinese government, but not with the U.S. government.  

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Thiel was speaking at a national conservative conference when he said Google may have been infiltrated by the Chinese and should at least be investigated by the FBI and CIA, Fox News reported. 

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Thiel told Fox News he was just posing a set of questions that the U.S. needed answered about Google's willingness to work with the Chinese on AI, but not with the U.S. government. 

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Freshman Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), among others, has pressed Google on its reluctance to continue working with the Defense Department on a military project while working with China on artificial intelligence, which Defense Department officials argue could help the Chinese military. 

Hawley had fired off a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai following a meeting between Google execs and President Trump--and Defense Department officials--over the issue Google's decision not to renew a contract with the Defense Department to use AI to improve military drones--some employees had argued working on the military project conflicted with Google's corporate values. 

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