David Sirota, founder of media outlet The Lever, said he believed a $10 billion deal between the Biden administration and Amazon was hidden in “secrecy”.
In late April, news outlet Nextgov reported that the National Security Agency had re-awarded a contract for cloud computing services to Amazon.
“NSA recently awarded a contract to Amazon Web Services which provides cloud computing services to support the agency’s mission,” an NSA official told Nextgov.
Sirota expressed concerns about the reported contract.
“We don’t really know the details of this contract. It’s shrouded in secrecy, there’s a national security exemption for the details of the contract, but we know it’s a cloud computing contract,” Sirota said during an appearance on Hill. TV’s “Rising”.
“There is a privacy issue about what the NSA needs with a $10 billion build from cloud computing. The mind can be wild about what it is all about in terms of surveillance and data collection,” he added.
Sirota said the size of the contract is “huge”.
“There are very few details about what this contract is and I think people need to understand the magnitude of the contract. Federal contracts are all the time in the millions of dollars, if not hundreds of millions of dollars. A $10 billion federal contract, even at the federal government level, is a huge contract,” Sirota said.
Sirota said the size of the contract may provide answers to why the Biden administration awarded it.
“Whatever they’re actually building with it, whatever the NSA is doing with it, you can rest assured is a great thing,” he added.