Latest On HP: Dunn's Claim Of Ignorance Falling Apart
from the still-getting-worse dept
The best hope for HP that its scandal might go away is if the media gets tired of reporting on the story and the daily flow of new revelations. Today, the New York Times cites internal documents indicating that HP explored aggressive spying measures such as infiltrating the clerical or janitorial staffs of CNET and the Wall Street Journal. It’s not clear, yet, that the company engaged in such activity, but it indicates a willingness to pursue a wide variety of fraud in order to plug some relatively minor leaks. Not to be outdone by the Times, the Wall Street Journal has obtained its own internal documents that dispute the assertion that Chairman Patricia Dunn stood at arms’ length from the investigation, and didn’t know the tactics being used. In fact, both Dunn and the company’s General Counsel Ann Baskins worked closely with the investigation and knew of its tactics, according to internal emails. If there’s a smoking gun, from a legal perspective, these emails could be it. It’s still not entirely clear how law enforcement will proceed at this point, but at this rate, the pile of damning evidence is only growing higher.