Report: Northern Virginia may be winner of Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes; Amazon exec slams leak

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Officials in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, shouldn’t be celebrating just yet.

But the high-stakes battle surrounding which of 20 metropolitan areas Amazon will choose for its second headquarters is hitting another plot twist, with a high ranking Amazon executive reacting on Twitter to a Washington Post report over the weekendthat Amazon was in “advanced discussions” about opening its headquarters in Northern Virginia, just outside the nation’s capital.

The Post cited unnamed sources “close to the process.” Amazon hasn’t responded to USA TODAY request for comment. The company’s main headquarters is in Seattle.

According to the Post, “the discussions were more detailed than those the company has had regarding other locations in Northern Virginia and some other cities nationally, adding to speculation that the site in Arlington County is a front-runner to land the online retail giant’s second North American headquarters and its 50,000 jobs.” The Post added that a top real estate developer in the area, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its buildings off the leasing market and that local officials have discussed how to make a public announcement on Amazon’s selection, sometime later this month.

It is entirely possible, though, that Amazon is having similar discussions with other finalists.

Shortly after the Post report was published, Amazon director of economic development public policy, Mike Grella tweeted: “Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection. You’re not doing Crystal City, VA any favors. And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin.”

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