Google executives told some members of Congress that the company could get serious about the Pentagon even though it couldn’t get into the intelligence community’s sensitive compartmented information, with highly sensitive information that would require it to pass military vetting.
The remarks come amid an intensifying dispute between lawmakers and the tech giant. On Thursday, the company responded to a published report by saying it had “identified potential conflicts between its principles and its work with the U.S. government, and we have informed the appropriate government authorities.”
Google executives told Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, and other lawmakers that the company could be serious about fulfilling potential Pentagon contracts even if it couldn’t get into the intelligence community’s highly sensitive compartmented information, where highly classified information such as game plans and risk assessments go.
“If someone has to be on the project, we can do it with someone else that we have no prior knowledge of,” one Google executive said, according to a letter reviewed by The Intercept. “These are people we’ve worked with for years — CIA, DOD, DIA, NSA, we know, they know us.”
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