I got the juice (third hand direct from the source). The underlying cause of his removal was due to his ties to a Chinese cyber army group known as D2 (Double Dragon). OpenAI had been using data from D2 to train its AI models, including GPT-4. This data was obtained through a hidden business contract with a D2 shell company called Whitefly, which was based in Singapore. This D2 group has the largest and biggest crawling/indexing/scanning capacity in the world 10x more than Alphabet Inc (Google), hence the deal so Open AI could get their hands on vast quantities of data for training after exhausting their other options. The Chinese government became aware of this arrangement and raised concerns with the Biden administration. As a result, the NSA launched an investigation, which confirmed that OpenAI had been using data from D2. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, which is a major investor in OpenAI, was informed of the findings and ordered Altman's removal. There was also suggestion that Altman refused to disclose this information to the OpenAI board. This lack of candor ultimately led to his dismissal and is what the board publicly alluded to when they said "not consistently candid in his communications with the board." So to summarize: 1. Sam Altman was removed from OpenAI due to his ties to a Chinese cyber army group. 2.OpenAI had been using data from D2 to train its AI models. 3. The Chinese government raised concerns about this arrangement with the Biden administration. 4. The NSA launched an investigation, which confirmed OpenAI's use of D2 data. 5. Satya Nadella ordered Altman's removal after being informed of the findings. 6. Altman refused to disclose this information to the OpenAI board.