The fired Google engineer did a photoshoot outside the company's headquarters

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In an op-ed published on Friday in the Wall Street Journal, Damore wrote that he first circulated his lengthy memo to some people at Google about a month ago.

Memegen, an internal forum that uses images overlaid with amusing captions, was filled with irreverent posts that openly mocked how an email discussing the memo from Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive, had leaked to the media so quickly. Damore was sacked on Monday.

That changed, he claimed, when "those most zealously committed to the diversity creed" wrote "angry emails" to Google's human resources department and Damore's managers. How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?

James Damore shared a 10-page document internally at Google suggesting that the prevalence of men in the tech sector had at least something to do with biology.

The way Damore expressed his opinions and pushed discriminatory conclusions runs counter to a free idea exchange.

Google is a particularly intense echo chamber because it is in the middle of Silicon Valley and is so life-encompassing as a place to work. Google and Outfront didn't immediately return requests for more information. He wrote that public shaming serves as a warning that punishment awaits those who don't conform to the ideological beliefs of the majority. It has become an all-out culture war outside the company, as well, putting Google and its employees in the crosshairs.

On Thursday, as Google prepared to hold a companywide meeting to discuss the memo, questions submitted by employees for the event on another internal system called Dory started to appear in the media.

Damore's op-ed follows interviews he gave earlier this week with Bloomberg News, as well as an independent broadcaster on YouTube. Introduced as evidence in a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging that Google's confidentiality agreements were illegal, the email was telling because it highlighted the importance of open discussion at the company as well as its potential perils. It isn't certain this actually is Damore, but there are two signs of the account's veracity: the pictures themselves, and the fact that Duke tagged @Fired4Truth on his own Twitter account with the caption: "Not all heroes wear capes".

Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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