The Insider reports:
Peter Thiel has worn many hats over the years: Silicon Valley founder, Trump megadonor, cryptocurrency booster, democracy skeptic. But there is yet another facet to Thiel, one that has remained secret until now: FBI informant. In the summer of 2021, Insider has learned, Thiel began providing information as a “confidential human source,” or CHS, to Johnathan Buma, a Los Angeles-based FBI agent who specializes in investigating political corruption and foreign-influence campaigns.
Charles Johnson, a longtime associate of Thiel’s and a notorious figure in the far-right movement that Thiel has subsidized for a decade, told Insider in a statement that he helped recruit the billionaire as an informant by introducing him to Buma. A source with knowledge of Thiel’s relationship to the FBI, whose identity is known to Insider but who insisted on anonymity, corroborated Johnson’s account.
Read the full article. There’s much more. No paywall. The cult is already screaming on Twitter, but bear in mind that one of the sources for this report is, as noted above, an infamous far-right troll. Still, the fallout will be hilarious if this story holds up.
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) October 19, 2023
Pretty detailed story here.
Exclusive: Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Was an FBI Informant https://t.co/ugEl8RUBd5
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@SIfill_) October 19, 2023
Exclusive: Tech billionaire Peter Thiel was an FBI informant
— Nicholas Carlson (@nichcarlson) October 19, 2023
Peter Thiel was reportedly an FBI informant https://t.co/a9EXV8sPuI
— The Verge (@verge) October 19, 2023