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As a farewell act Donald Trump pardoned former Google executive

Anthony Levandowski is pardoned by outgoing president Trump

20.Jan.21 9:23 AM
By Abigail Richards


As a farewell act Donald Trump pardoned former Google executive
Google's former head for the self-driving component, Anthony Levandowski, has been pardoned by Donald Trump. He was on a list of 73 people who received a free pass from the outgoing president of the United States. The 40-year-old Levandowski was convicted of corporate espionage in August.

When he left Google-daughter Waymo, Levandowski was found to have downloaded all sorts of business secrets. Google sued him when he later joined the Uber taxi company to work on self-driving cars.

According to a White House statement, the petition for Levandowski's pardon was supported by, among others, Peter Thiel. That tech operator was previously involved in PayPal payment company and is now chairman of the disputed data company Palantir. The original German billionaire is one of the few entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley who supported Trump.

Levandowski was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison. He wasn't in jail yet because of the COVID-19. The judge had stated in the ruling that a prison sentence after the pandemic was a possibility.

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