by Mike Masnick
Tue, Nov 6th 2007 12:48pm
After claiming last week that he was merely uninformed rather than intentionally misleading when he told Congress that Yahoo had no info into the investigation of a pro-democracy dissident jailed by the Chinese government, Yahoo general counsel Michael Callahan was berated by Congressional representatives who claim they don't buy his story. However, in his defense, no one in Congress seems to have explained what Callahan could have done differently, other than reveal the info he knew when he got it. As distasteful as it is that Yahoo may have had a hand in turning over info to the Chinese government, it still feels like the Congressional hearings are mere grandstanding efforts by a Congress who is unlikely to do anything about this issue. Still, the end result may be a good thing: American companies may at least start to think twice before freely aiding the Chinese government in oppressing its own people.
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