The idea that an overly sensitive rich guy would use clandestine court maneuvers -- in a pro wrestler's defamation case, no less -- to financially drain a pesky news outlet would be comical, if not so troubling.
But Peter Thiel is not just any overly-sensitive rich guy.
He is an outspokenly libertarian, Silicon Valley billionaire who has expressed skepticism about women's suffrage, helped fund conservative gadfly James O'Keefe's "sting" videos, is convinced that death can be evaded through technological advancements, and proposed that like-minded libertarians build sea colonies where they can escape the tyrannies of conventional government.
Now he is also the financial weight behind Hulk Hogan's sex tape lawsuit, and other legal endeavors targeting Gawker, as he admitted to the New York Times after a report by Forbes. He said the roughly $10 million crusade was about "deterrence," after Gawker's "bullying" of him and his colleagues.
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