“I think, early on, everybody was worried that they would be the only person to show up,” Mr. Thiel says. Will Palantir, the data-mining company of which Mr. Thiel was a founder, and whose clients include the N.S.A., the C.I.A. “There are reduced expectations for the younger generation, and this is the first time this has happened in American history,” Mr. Thiel says. You should just change your mind.’”On the Russian hacking, Mr. Thiel says: “There’s a strong circumstantial case that Russia did this thing. “It’s this very large agency that has kind of lost its way over the last 30 to 40 years,” Mr. Thiel says.