Washington Post, its new owner, and the CIA: joined at the hip
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Norman Solomon, writing at Counterpunch, nails it down: building a version of the online Cloud that will run inside the CIA, for the CIA, has been awarded, as a $600 million contract, to Amazon Web Services.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, now owns the Washington Post.
$600 million creates a major conflict of interest, when it comes to reporting stories on the CIA. Of course, the Washington Post and other major media outlets are already compromised, when it comes to national security issues and the intelligence community. Stories are vetted by CIA, NSA, and other agencies, before they’re published.
But this one is a cherry on the cake. A big fat $600 million cherry.
Reporters at the Post will be extra-cautious about their pieces on the CIA. Ditto for editors.
Independent press? That’s a laugh.
WaPo is long known as an outlet that prints what amounts to CIA spin. So their new owner and his ties to the CIA are just part of “business as usual.”