One of the technology companies bidding for a lucrative Pentagon contract that involves storing sensitive data — which could include U.S. nuclear codes — is connected to a sanctioned Russian oligarch with ties to a former Trump associate.
Viktor Vekselberg, who is close to the Kremlin and has ties to former Trump organization attorney Michael Cohen, also has links to one of the bidders for the cyber-cloud database called the JEDI project, reported the BBC.
The Russian oligarch has links to the cyber-investment firm C5 Group, which has worked closely with the leading bidder, Amazon Web Services.
Both C5 and AWS told the BBC that the Vekselber-linked investment firm was not involved in any way with the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure bid.
Vekselberg was sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act by the U.S. Treasury Department and was also questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
The JEDI would hold military data — including classified details about weapons systems, military personnel, intelligence and operations — held in a storage cloud, rather than smaller servers across different departments at the Pentagon.