President Trump has given back his freedom to a former Google employee. Anthony Levandowski had been in prison since August last year. The Brussels-born 40-year-old tech was sentenced to 18 months in prison for industrial espionage. According to the judge, he stole trade secrets from his former employer Google. He took them to Uber to develop self-driving cars.
Wow. Also on the pardon list is former Google and Uber exec Anthony Levandowski. https://t.co/tzRA0bLdPA
— Ina Fried (@inafried) January 20, 2021
Google tech released
Levandowski was on a list of 73 individuals who were given a license from the outgoing US president. The engineer is known for his development in the field of autonomous vehicles. In 2009, Levandowski co-founded Google’s self-driving car program, now known as Waymo .
Trump praises Levandowski
The reason for the release is stated on the US government’s website: “Mr. Levandowski is an American entrepreneur who has led Google’s efforts to develop self-driving technology. Mr. Levandowski pleaded guilty to a civil trial. Notably, his criminal judge called him a “brilliant, pioneering engineer our country needs.” Mr. Levandowski has paid a considerable price for his actions and intends to devote his talents to furthering the common good. ”
Levandowski was a party to private arbitration on a contract dispute that started in 2017 and then several legal proceedings, the last of which resulted in a prison sentence.