Thursday, 01 Dec 2022

Biden says Elon Musks connections to other countries 'worthy of being looked at'

Biden says Elon Musks connections to other countries 'worthy of being looked at'


Biden says Elon Musks connections to other countries 'worthy of being looked at'

Joe Biden thinks Twitter boss Elon Musk's relationships with other countries is "worthy of being looked at".

Biden was asked at a news conference on Wednesday whether he thought Musk was a threat to national security and if his acquisition of Twitter with help from a Saudi Arabian conglomerate should be investigated by the US government.

"I think that Elon Musk's cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at," Biden said. "Whether he is doing anything inappropriate, I'm not suggesting that. I'm suggesting they're worth being looked at."

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, among the richest Middle East investors, and his investment firm has emerged as the second-largest investor in Twitter after Musk's takeover of the social media platform.

Two US senators - Democrat Ron Wyden, who chairs the finance committee, and Chris Murphy of Connecticut - last week called for a "thorough vetting" of the Twitter deal.

In a statement, Wyden said: "Given the Saudi regime's history of jailing critics, planting a spy at Twitter, and brutally murdering a Washington Post journalist, the Saudi regime must be blocked from accessing Twitter account information, direct messages and other data that could be used to identify political opponents or to suppress criticism of the royal family.

"I've long argued that the United States has a national security interest in protecting Americans' data from murderous foreign governments, and this Saudi regime absolutely fits that description."

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