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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 07:42 AM

Under Amazonís CIA Cloud: The Washington Post [View all]


Jeff Bezos recently acquired the Washington Post, but the company that made him his real fortune, Amazon.com, is also under a multi-hundred million dollar contract with the CIA for computing services. (Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

News media should illuminate conflicts of interest, not embody them. But the owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the Central Intelligence Agency, while readers of the newspaperís CIA coverage are left in the dark.

The Postís new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon -- which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Postís articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaperís sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.

Even for a multi-billionaire like Bezos, a $600 million contract is a big deal. Thatís more than twice as much as Bezos paid to buy the Post four months ago.

And thereís likely to be plenty more where that CIA largesse came from. Amazonís offer wasnít the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech ďcloudĒ infrastructure.

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