James Damore has been in the news recently because of controversy over this document he wrote while he was an employee of Google's.
The article I had originally read mentioned that he was a chess player, so I searched Google for "James Damore chess" and found this article from "heavy.com" (which I had never heard of). The article stated that he was a FIDE Master, and cited his resume.
However, I could not find Damore's FIDE profile, so it seems that he is not even FIDE-rated, let alone a FIDE Master.
It seems to me that there are several possibilities:
He is a FIDE Master, but somehow the record is missing from the FIDE database. This seems unlikely to me.
The resume is not actually his resume (fabricated by someone who is not him). This also seems unlikely since the website on which the resume is hosted looks like it is the official website for MIT's GORElaboratory.
He lied on his resume and said that he is a FIDE Master, when in reality he is not. This, unfortunately, seems the most likely possibility, especially since this USCF profile with his name shows a rating of 1817.
My question is: has anybody heard of James Damore in the context of chess? Is he really a FIDE Master?