Posted: 2020-09-16 11:43:38
The TikTok Oracle Grift: Insiders Admit They Went Hunting For A Tech Company The President Liked
Oracle got TikTok deal via politics - not tech/security concerns
From Mike Masnick at Techdirt.
Originally published 2020-09-16
The end result was no actual sale (though the Treasury Department is still "reviewing" the deal), but a big contract for Oracle, and a bogus story in which the President can pretend he forced ByteDance to "sell" TikTok, even though it retains ownership in the company (there are some rumors that the hosting deal will include a small, and probably symbolic, equity stake for Oracle).
The WSJ piece details how being corrupt this whole process was. It was all about stroking Trump's ego, and lining his campaign's bank account: Sequoia Capital used its own connections to push the administration to allow TikTok to continue operating in the U.S., say people familiar with the discussions. Doug Leone, the firm’s global managing partner who took a lead role lobbying on TikTok’s behalf, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates this election season along with his wife, including to the president’s re-election campaign. Mr. Leone also held a reception at his Silicon Valley home for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in January. Ms. Catz’s relationship to Mr. Trump could give Oracle a leg up in getting the deal approved, according to people in contact with the White House. Oracle has worked for decades with the U.S. government, including multiple contracts with the national-security establishment
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