Peter Thiel, who was the only Silicon Valley entrepreneur to support Donald Trump during the presidential election campaign, has become the American president's principal unofficial technology adviser, particularly with regard to intelligence and surveillance. Thiel, founder of the Paypal online payment system and big data analysis specialist Palantir, is making use of his White House connections to make his companies key sub-contractors to the American intelligence community. Having revolutionized signals intelligence (SIGINT), he is today working on space surveillance using technology which is beyond the means of most of his competitors and even of most sovereign states. His hunger for new business has even led him to go after contracts for the provision of assistance to foreign intelligence services. The first major country to have had recourse to his services is France. In recent months, Intelligence Online has carried out an in-depth investigation into the global strategy of this libertarian who likes nothing better than investing surveillance technology.
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