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Leaked file repository WikiLeaks on Thursday released a purported internal document from Amazon showing the secret locations of its data centers.

Why it matters: Amazon's data centers host some of the world's largest cloud storage facilities, used by businesses, including sensitive ones.

The big picture: Amazon's data centers span the U.S. and the globe.

  • Domestically, there are 38 in Virginia, with several along the West Coast.
  • Internationally, there are European data centers in Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg; Asian centers in China, Japan and Singapore; South American centers in Brazil; and centers in Australia.
  • Some offices are co-located with other companies.

While WikiLeaks makes note of an office run under the pseudonym "Vandalay Industries," that office appears to be an outlier among the roughly 100 centers within the document.

Between the lines: The document is from 2015 or later.

  • The eight previous versions listed in the document were each produced between August and October 2015, though a date is not listed for this file.
  • The document is frequently misformatted. Japanese characters are represented by question marks, and it shows artifacts from the usually hidden formatting characters that would alter the presentation of the document line. It's very likely that the file passed through a more limited computer program than the one in which the file was first written.

What they're saying:

  • Amazon was not immediately able to comment.
  • WikiLeaks paired the release with a map of centers based on the document.

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.

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Iranian leaders are weighing their response to the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, known as the father of Iran’s military nuclear program, who was given a state funeral Monday in Tehran.

The big picture: Iran has accused Israel of carrying out Friday’s attack, but senior leaders have suggested that they’ll choose patience over an immediate escalation that could play into the hands of the Israelis and the outgoing Trump administration.

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