Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Final chapter coming in HP spying scandal

Bryan Wagner, the would-be private detective who helped Hewlett-Packard spy on technology journalists in 2006, will soon be sentenced, according to a story by The Associated Press.

Wagner admitted in 2007 to taking part in the spying campaign waged by HP in its attempt to unearth a boardroom leak. The targeted journalists worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNET News.

Wagner pleaded guilty to identity theft and conspiracy in January 2007 and on Wednesday is due to get a new sentencing date in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., the AP reported.

This will likely close the book on the scandal that fractured HPs board, triggered a congressional investigation, and shocked the tech community. Wagner is one of five people, including Patricia Dunn, the former chairman of HP, charged in California with four felonies, including conspiracy and identity theft. Wagner was one of the people who duped telephone employees into handing over private records belonging to the journalists, HP employees, and the company's board members.


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