Google Might Have Mole at Twitter Tech giant makes huge counteroffer to retain employees By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Apr 7, 2011 12:03 PM CDT 2 comments Comments In this March 23, 2010 file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Microsoft Corp. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File) (Newser) – Google once paid an engineer $3.5 million not to defect to Facebook, but this is upping the ante: The search giant has reportedly offered a pair of key product employees $50 million and $100 million respectively not to jump to Twitter, according to Tech Crunch. And those mind-blowing paydays aren’t even the most interesting part of the story. No, the interesting bit is that in one of those cases, Google apparently made its counteroffer before the employee told them he was considering a job at Twitter. Sources at Twitter say they believe someone fairly high up in the company must be leaking information to Google, and they’re furious about it. Of course, Google's had its own trouble with leaks in the past.