Sun, Sep 10, 2006 - Page 11 News List

HP chairwoman fights for survival

JOB ON THE LINE Patricia Dunn faces the board of the computer giant today to explain why she shouldn't be fired over the scandal involving alleged illegal snooping

NY TIMES SERVICE , SAN FRANCISCO

"Our board is happy to know that the leaker is caught," she said. She said the leaks had been "long-term, persistent and intractable" with potential for ruining trust among board members. She termed the attempt to stop the leaks a "noble cause."

She said that no one on the board "endorsed, understood or approved" of pretexting and that the company was putting new guidelines in place to prevent such practices in future investigations.

"It wasn't implemented well," she said. "But I had no choice but to follow this violation. It fell to me to do it."

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