Emails undercut Palantir, Chamber of Commerce dirty tricks denials

Posted: February 15, 2011 in Uncategorized


Leaked emails suggest that staff at Palantir Technologies, a high-profile data analysis company co-founded by ex-PayPal CEO Peter Thiel, may have helped prepare a proposal for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine a pro-labor publication called ThinkProgress with dirty tricks.

Material in the emails suggest that Palantir and two other companies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, jointly developed both the ThinkProgress plan and another one targeting WikiLeaks that called for the use of such tactics as intimidating news reporters, cyber attacks and disinformation.
Read more: Emails undercut Palantir, Chamber of Commerce dirty tricks denials | San Francisco Business Times.
Palo Alto-based Palantir Technologies’s general counsel, Matt Long, said Monday in response to questions from the San Francisco Business Times that the company had placed Matthew Steckman, a 26-year-old engineer, “on leave pending a thorough review of his actions.” Long did not address the fact that at least two other Palantir Technologies employees may have been involved in the ThinkProgress plan.
The proposal, which has been disavowed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was disclosed among tens of thousands of emails stolen from a security firm called HBGary Federal by “Anonymous,” an outlaw group of computer hackers who attacked businesses, banks and politicians that criticized or broke ties with WikiLeaks. LINK HERE

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