Amazon.com press statement November 2013. The company was founded, and majority interest is held by Jeff Bezos… Bezos now owns Washington Post:
The Post’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon — which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Post’s articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.
Even for a multi-billionaire like Bezos, a $600 million contract is a big deal. That’s more than twice as much as Bezos paid to buy the Post four months ago.
And there’s likely to be plenty more where that CIA largesse came from. Amazon’s offer wasn’t the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech “cloud” infrastructure.
Bezos personally and publicly touts Amazon Web Services, and it’s evident that Amazon will be seeking more CIA contracts. Last month, Amazon issued a statement saying, “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA.”
As Amazon’s majority owner and the Post’s only owner, Bezos stands to gain a lot more if his newspaper does less ruffling and more soothing of CIA feathers…
December 18, 2013 Doing Business: The CIA and the Washington Post by Norman Solomon @CounterPunch
For more history of how the US media has been thoroughly infiltrated by the CIA and other federal foreign policy/military-related organizations to work in collusion with US government policy see this article about Operation Mockingbird, which journalist Carl Bernstein referred to recently , and which, similarly to Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans and Office of Strategic Influence (SourceWatch has more), never REALLY went away, but simply ‘morphed’.
And then there was the Office of Strategic Influence. You may recall that. And ‘oh my goodness gracious isn’t that terrible, Henny Penny the sky is going to fall.’ I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to salvage this thing fine I’ll give you the corpse. There’s the name. You can have the name, but I’m gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have. ~~Donald Rumsfeld. Source, Defense.gov