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Peter Thiel Up for Key Intel Position, Wants to Limit Google's Power

Peter Thiel Up for Key Intel Position, Wants to Limit Google's Power
(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 21 September 2017 01:32 PM

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has been in serious talks with the White House about a "significant" position heading up President Donald Trump's intelligence advisory board, Vanity Fair reported.

In a lengthy feature on Thiel for Vanity Fair's November's issue, the magazine reports Trump wants Thiel to lead the Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), "one of the most significant (advisory) positions that any American can hold," one person told Vanity Fair.

And if the Trump administration comes to terms with Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal plans to take a hard look at the information technology architecture of the intelligence community, according to Vanity Fair.

Thiel "is super-concerned about Amazon and Google," a Trump administration source told Vanity Fair.

Thiel "feels they have become New Age global fascists in terms of how they're controlling the media, how they're controlling information that flows to the public, even how they're purging people from think tanks," the source told VF. "He's concerned about the monopolistic tendencies of [all three] companies and how they deny economic well-being to people they disagree with."

The third company — Facebook, the board of which Thiel is a member.

A member of Silicon Valley's elite is taking a hard look into other elite Silicon Valley companies might raise eyebrows among Thiel's peers, especially regarding his motives, Vanity Fair reports.

Thiel "exempts himself from the rules he applies to others. He's a hard-core libertarian who rails against state surveillance except when he's profiting off of it," a friend/colleague told Vanity Fair. "He's a strong believer in personal privacy, but is happy to kickstart and sit on the board of Facebook, which monetizes every ounce of Americans' data."

Thiel put up $500,000 for a 10 percent stake in Facebook in 2004, CNN reported.

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