The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

He built a plane called Digital Innovation and told readers: 'Come Fly With Me'

The Register has severed ties with columnist and Shoreditch entrepreneur Mr Steve Bong MBE after Mr Bong admitted to having a close working relationship with the Kremlin this week, in a piece titled Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

Mr Bong rose to prominence after The Register identified him as one of Silicon Roundabout's leading lights in 2011. With his strong track record in losing billions at VC firm Woodstock Capital, and his slightly sketchy grasp of technology, he quickly became a star of London's venture capital community. His colourful international background meant he had an enviable contact book.

He became a regular contributor for five years, although the frequency has diminished since Brexit. The referendum had left Mr Bong "a broken man", friends confided, as London's VC community faces up to the loss of one third of its capital funding. And a deal struck with the incoming Prime Minister left Mr Bong with only one functioning kidney.

"Yes, there is a piece of me inside Theresa May," he confirmed in a rare return to columnification this year.

A source close to Mr Bong, มาลัย (which means "Garland of Flowers" in Thai) confirmed recent tweets indicating that the columnist and deep learning startup mentor was seeking a country with no extradition treaty with the United Kingdom:

Tweets by Mr Bong indicating a strong desire to find a new country

Tweets by Mr Bong yesterday

It's all a far cry from his role at the heart of both David Cameron's domestic Digital Revolution, and clandestine British operations overseas.

For all his many flaws (which unfortunately include cannibalism), Steve leaves us with a rich legacy of material to sell ads against.

Highlights include saving Shoreditch's cereal cafe twins in the dramatic "Siege of Leningrad"; the aborted Steve Jobs movie script which featured a surprisingly prominent role for Mr Bong; and his dramatic rescue of the fugitive Edward Snowden.

This is the second time The Register has lost a celebrity columnist in the past decade. Otto Z Stern, Director at The Institute of Technological Values, committed suicide using customised industrial mining equipment in 2008.

We will not see his like again. Goodbye Mr Bong: it is now time to Exit. ®

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