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Hewlett-Packard: Leak Investigation Investigation Leaves Company Leaking Like A Sieve

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Yesterday’s revelations that Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd directly approved a sting-operation against a reporter arose after the Washington Post got hold of some internal company emails.

Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Mark V. Hurd approved an elaborate "sting" operation on a reporter in February in an attempt to plug leaks to the media, according to an e-mail message sent by HP Chairman Patricia C. Dunn.
The document, one of more than two dozen e-mails obtained by The Washington Post, for the first time links Hurd to an internal investigation of media leaks that has led to criminal probes and will be the subject of a congressional hearing next week.
Internal e-mails show senior HP employees who were given the task of identifying anonymous news sources concocted a fictitious, high-level HP tipster who sent bogus information to a San Francisco reporter in an attempt to trick her into revealing her sources.

Just to keep things straight, let’s recap. Someone at H-P is leaking to the press internal documents about H-P’s investigation into who at H-P was leaking to the press. Clearly what H-P needs to do is investigate who is leaking information about the investigation about the investigation about who was leaking information about H-P. Ouch. It hurts just to think about that.

HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' of Reporter
[Washington Post]