Jennifer Jacobs and Saleha Mohsin, reporting for Bloomberg:*
Biden administration officials are discussing whether the US
should subject some of Elon Musk’s ventures to national security
reviews, including the deal for Twitter Inc. and SpaceX’s
Starlink satellite network, according to people familiar with the
US officials have grown uncomfortable over Musk’s recent threat to
stop supplying the Starlink satellite service to Ukraine — he
said it had cost him $80 million so far — and what they see as
his increasingly Russia-friendly stance following a series of
tweets that outlined peace proposals favorable to President
Vladimir Putin. They are also concerned by his plans to buy
Twitter with a group of foreign investors.
This is a plot twist I did not see coming, but feel like I should have.
* Take Bloomberg’s so-far exclusive reporting on this story with a large grain of salt, of course, especially as it pertains to national security. Bloomberg is the publication that published “The Big Hack” in October 2018 — a sensational story alleging that data centers of Apple, Amazon, and dozens of other companies were compromised by China’s intelligence services. The story presented no confirmable evidence at all, was vehemently denied by all companies involved, has not been confirmed by a single other publication (despite much effort to do so), and has been largely discredited by one of Bloomberg’s own sources. By all appearances “The Big Hack” was complete bullshit. Yet Bloomberg has issued no correction or retraction, and their only ostensibly substantial follow-up contained not one shred of evidence to back up their allegations. Bloomberg seemingly hopes we’ll all just forget about it. I say we do not just forget about it. Everything they publish should be treated with skepticism until they retract “The Big Hack” or provide evidence that any of it was true.
★ Friday, 21 October 2022