In this month’s issue of Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis wrote a compelling piece on Serge Aleynikov, the former Goldman Sachs computer programmer convicted of stealing the bank’s secret algorithms. Now there’s a Q&A with Lewis about the article on VF’s site.
If you haven’t read the story, Lewis comes down decidedly on the side of Aleynikov, making the case that Goldman used all its institutional power to target a man who had done nothing wrong.
In his Q&A, the author remains as fiercely critical of the bank. To a question about the Goldman’s “Stalinist” influence on the government, he replied:
…I think if you took lock, stock, and barrel, Goldman Sachs and moved it from New York to Moscow and forbade any employee from leaving so that they had to keep doing what they were doing but in a different context, I think they would flourish.