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Trump pardons former Google engineer who stole trade secrets

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San Francisco, Jan 20: Outgoing US President Donald Trump Wednesday granted a full pardon to former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski,

 who was convicted of stealing trade secrets. Levandowski worked for Google’s self-driving car unit which is now called Waymo. He later founded a self-driving truck com-pany called Otto that was acquired by Uber. 

The engineer was among 73 in-dividuals who were granted par-don by Trump, who also com-muted the sentences of an additional70 individuals. “My family and I are grateful for the opportunity to move for-ward, and thankful to the President and others who sup-ported and advocated on my be-half,

” Levandowski said in a tweet Wednesday. In Augustlastyeat Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets. US District Judge in San Francisco, William Alsup, 

said that home confinement would “(give) a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets. Prison time is the answer to that”, according to a report in TechCrunch. Levandowski also agreed to pay $756,499.22 in restitution to Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo and a fine of $95,000, said the report 

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