Among the new disclosures was evidence that in summer 2005, HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and the company’s general counsel, Ann Baskins, helped direct the company’s board-leak investigation and were kept well-informed of the tactics involved, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Citing internal HP e-mails, the Journal said the messages suggested Dunn and Baskins were closely involved in the investigation and received progress reports from HP security officials who ran the probe.
Citing one internal HP e-mail dated Aug. 6, 2005, the Journal reported that HP’s manager of global investigations, Anthony Gentilucci, updated Dunn and others on multiple facets of the probe, including “intelligence gathering” on `interested parties” through “internal and external sources.”
Separately, the New York Times reported late Tuesday that HP also considered the feasibility of “planting spies” in two newsrooms to trace information leaks from its board members. The studies, referred to in a Feb. 2 draft report for a briefing of senior HP management, were said to have included the possibility of placing investigators acting as clerks or cleaners in the San Francisco offices of CNet and the Wall Street Journal, the Times reported. The revelation came one day after the House Committee on Energy and Commerce received a set of HP documents concerning the investigation that it had requested for its inquiry into the HP spying scandal.