The lawsuit that could put an end to Gawker is being secretly funded by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, Forbes has reported this morning.

Thiel is the somewhat eccentric co-founder of Paypal and Facebook's first outside investor, now occupied with pouring money into finding a way to make humans immortal and acting as a Republican delegate for Donald Trump. He is also a major sponsor of the Committee to Protect Journalists, an American non-profit that promotes press freedom.