This Amazon employee is outraged over HQ2 leaker

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An Amazon employee took to Twitter this weekend to express outrage over leaks surrounding plans for the tech giant’s new headquarters.

Mike Grella, Amazon’s director of economic development and public policy, made his displeasure known Saturday after the Washington Post pointed to Virginia as the likely location of the company’s second home base.

“Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection,” Grella said. “You’re not doing Crystal City, VA any favors. And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin.”

According to the Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the online retailer has already discussed “how quickly it would move employees” to Crystal City and “which buildings it would occupy.”

People “close to the process” also told the Post that Amazon is debating “how an announcement about the move would be made to the public.”

Grella also appeared to take issue with a second article from his employer’s publication, which attempted to link Bezos’ private jet to HQ2.

Amazon first announced its plans to build a new $5 billion headquarters last year, setting off a frenzy among cities hoping to host the company.

The new operation is expected to bring as many as 50,000 jobs. Amazon plans to reveal the HQ2 location by the end of this year.

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Mikael Thalen

Mikael Thalen

Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.