Amazon sued the Pentagon over contract worth $10bn (£7.8bn) awarded to Microsoft

Amazon challenge the awarding of the Defense Department’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Microsoft on Friday.

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The contract was awarded to Microsoft last month, surprising a number of industry observers(including Amazon), after Amazon had been considered a favourite for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract before Microsoft emerged as the surprise winner.

It was reported by Amazon and Jeff Bezos that politics got in the way of a fair bidding process, Amazon directly linked the awarding of the contract which it alleges involved “political influence” and “unmistakable bias” to comments by President Donald Trump. Trump has been a outspoken andfrequent critic of Bezos.

The filings contain “proprietary information, trade secrets and confidential financial information” that could “cause either party severe competitive harm”, Amazon said in a court document seeking a protective order.

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