In these emails, released via FOIA request and provided to Valleywag by California non-profit Humanitarian Air Logistics, show a chummy, chatty relationship between Google and NASA staff. The friendliness extends in both directions: Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin were sure eager to secure Moffett Federal Airfield to shuttle their mistresses and pals around the world. But cash-strapped NASA seems equally—if not more!—desperate to cuddle up with the tech sector.
Although Ken Ambrose, the man in charge of Google's airfield-managing dummy company, told Sen. Chuck Grassley they have "no relationship with [NASA] Director [Pete] Worden other than as a NASA tenant," that's obviously false.
The "tenant relationship" doesn't usually entail requesting private plane rides for Tom Brokaw:
Nor does it entail all the email and phone call back and forth seen and described below. Remember: every minute a government employee spends bargaining with Google so its middle-aged male execs can get their international jet-set fuck on, it's a minute they aren't doing their real jobs.