Wheeler also makes the point that AWS suffered more than IBM from the delay stemming from the legal battle, noting that "improper corrective action in the form of reopening competition is not harmless."
"The unfairness inherent in such an action is that the winner must resubmit a new proposal with the information from its original offer already disclosed. In effect, AWS would have to bid against its own winning proposal," Wheeler said in the document.
AWS, for its part, just seems pleased to have the controversy behind it. "Amazon Web Services is pleased that the legal process has validated the CIA's selection of AWS to assist the CIA with this transformative project to implement proven, innovative commercial cloud technology," an AWS spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "AWS presented the Agency with the superior and best value solution. We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA."