Rattled by the USA government's decision to award prestigious $10 billion Pentagon Cloud project to Microsoft, retail giant Amazon's Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) has filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Defense's move.
Jeff Bezos, is also the owner of The Washington Post which has been critical of Trump and his administration.
Friday's complaint reportedly includes the July comments of US President Donald Trump, who publicly questioned whether the JEDI contract was competitive enough, citing complaints from Microsoft, Oracle and International Business Machines.
"It's critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence", Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement to the media. Amazon decided not to comment further on the matter.
We won't be finding out the inner workings of the JEDI lawsuit from Amazon, as they filed the suit under seal and it is seeking a protective order as there is some very sensitive information that could see "severe competitive harm" to both Microsoft, Amazon and the USA government.
In court paperwork, Amazon said the lawsuit was filed under seal because it contains sensitive information that would cause severe competitive harm if it is released.
A new book by Guy Snodgrass, a speechwriting secretary of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, claims Trump told Mattis in the summer of 2018 to "rip off Amazon" and block the offer.
The legal protest was filed under seal to protect trade secrets, but Amazon previously announced that it believed there was "political influence" and "unmistakable bias" involved in the decision.
Oracle has also gone to court to appeal a ruling from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that rejected its legal challenge to the contract process. The contract has a volume of up to $ 10 billion over a 10-year period and could give the victor a better entry into the burgeoning federal cloud market.