Did the NSA Secretly Award a Multi-Billion Dollar Contract to an IT Firm?
Thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) has come under increased levels of scrutiny from the American people in recent years. That’s why it is rather odd that the NSA would award a massive contract to a tech firm in a “hush-hush” manner.
Daily Caller reports:
The NSA quietly granted a tech company a $2.4 billion contract last week in part of a larger series of deals with IT service firms, according to Nextgov.
The NSA, or the larger Department of Defense, have apparently made very little effort, if any, to announce the expensive agreement, and the tech company CSRA disclosed the partnership within a very brief Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Under the NSA’s Groundbreaker program, the federal agency is set to make a total of three business arrangements with firms in order to develop and establish a private cloud computing network, among other virtual systems, according to Washington Business Journal. Particulars of Groundbreaker are limited, perhaps unsurprisingly given the nature of the NSA.
The SEC filing, for example, is one of the few recent tidbits of information related to the program. The CSRA is hoping to get all three contracts, Nextgov reports, which are anticipated to be finalized later in the year.
The NSA has been in the news lately for reportedly offering Hillary Clinton’s lost emails to former FBI Director James Comey. The NSA’s offer was allegedly rebuffed. The “lost” emails from Clinton’s private server aren’t lost — in fact — the NSA has them, but during the FBI’s investigation, Comey didn’t want to hear about it.
New York Post reports:
Remember, the Republicans now control this committee. So bad news isn’t going to be stifled anymore.
Clinton, you probably remember, “lost” her private emails, which she’d been storing on a personal computer server. Comey chastised her harshly in a televised speech but then said there was a unanimous decision not to recommend prosecution.
Clinton’s emails, which were stolen by the Russians, have never been found. But as I’ve mentioned numerous times, the messages are still in the possession of the National Security Agency (NSA), which offered to give them to the FBI.
Comey turned down that offer, according to a source who has been very reliable.
I’ve also mentioned that Comey fibbed when he said his agents unanimously agreed that prosecution was unnecessary. In fact, my source says that FBI agents were irate about the decision not to go after Clinton.