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The HP scandal continues to take many turns

The fallout from the spying controversy involving Hewlett-Packard continued today after several HP executives faced a U.S. House subcommittee.  Critics have been quick to point out that the discovery of the company's spying of employees and journalists only happened because of displeasure in the boardroom.  HP is accused of spying on employees to try and stop constant information leaks to the media; specifically of hiring private investigators who planted bugs on computers and used false pretenses to obtain private phone records on board members and nine journalists.

HP general counsel Ann Baskins resigned today. Baskins exercised the right to not testify at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's meeting -- she is the fourth company official to resign in the past several days.  Baskins also had papers delivered that reportedly prove HP did nothing illegal.  Former HP board chairman Patricia Dunn, who testified today, also claimed the company has acted legally.  HP lawyer Larry Sonsini and HP IT security worker Fred Adler also testified this morning. 

HP's chief executive, Mark Hurd, has shrugged off blame for the tactics used by the investigators.  He recently apologized for not paying close enough attention to the investigation.  

HP still faces several state and federal investigations.




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