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U.S. defense chief rejects Amazon’s allegations of bias in the cloud-the contract

SEOUL (Reuters) – the united states Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, on Friday, rejected any suggestion of bias in the Pentagon’s decision to award Microsoft Corp. (a) an up to $10 billion cloud-computing contract after it Amazon.com Inc. announced plans to challenge it.

The united states Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks during a joint press conference after the 51st Security consultative meeting (SCM) with South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and the Ministry of Defense in Seoul, south korea on November 15, 2019 at the latest. Jung Yeon-je/Pool via REUTERS

“I am convinced that it was carried out freely and fairly, without any influence from the outside world,” Jesper told a news conference in Seoul, south korea.

Amazon is saying that the politics got in the way of a fair contracting process. As President of Donald Trump has long been criticized by the Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos.

In a company-wide meeting, on Thursday, Amazon Web Services’ chief executive, Andy Jassy, said that it would be difficult for an AMERICAN agency, for the award of a contract to be objective when the president is a humiliating it is, one of the participants, according to a spokesman for Amazon.

In the Amazon, it was seen as a favourite to win the contract, it is part of a broader digital modernization of the Pentagon, before Microsoft came as something of a surprise.

In October, the Est is removed from the review of the deal, as a result of his son’s employment with one of the original agreement to the applicant (s), with IBM Corporation. IBM had previously bid for the contract, but had already been eliminated from the competition.

Jesper said that he was not aware of Amazon’s specific allegations. His comments followed a question about whether Trump asked the Pentagon to “bypass the Amazon,” before the contract is made.

The challenge for the Ministry of Defense of the award will be announced in the last month, it was widely expected by legal experts, analysts, and consultants to, especially since the Trumpet is in the public ridicule, Amazon’s offer for the high-stakes contract.

He said in August that Amazon’s offering for the Joint Venture, Defence and Infrastructure in the Cloud, also known as the JEDI order, a contract was made in its records of complaints filed by other companies as well.

In a new book, a retired Navy commander Guy Snodgrass, who served as a speech writer, a former Minister of Defense of Jim Mattis, said He called Mattis, and directed him to “screw Amazon,” so it’s on the JEDI, a contract, according to a copy of the book.

“We’re not going to do it,” Mattis said to other Pentagon officials, according to the statement.

This will be done by the book, both legally and ethically.”

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Robert Birsel

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