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Peter Thiel wins federal legal battle for Palantir


Donald Trump supporter and Silicon Valley maverick Peter Thiel won a battle with the Obama administration on Monday when a federal judge ruled that the Army improperly excluded his computer data system from consideration for a new multimillion-dollar contract.

Mr. Thiel, one of the few conservative titans in the liberal world of Facebook and Google, founded Palantir Technologies a decade ago. It has been in a long struggle to persuade the Army to integrate its intelligence management network into the service’s Distributed Common Ground System.

Last year the Army wrote requirements for a new version in such a way that Palantir’s intelligence software was locked out. The firm filed suit last summer in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

In sealed depositions, Palantir’s attorneys showed the Gotham system of collecting and disseminating intelligence could be integrated easily into the common ground system, while Army witnesses said it could not. – READ MORE

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