While the testimony itself did reveal anything terribly dramatic, an interesting (and disturbing) piece of information did arise, which reveals that an HP investigator had spied on a Wall Street Journal reporter before, as part of an investigation for another firm. The Wall Street Journal reports today that an e-mail to HP from its outside counsel reveals that Ronald DeLia, of Security Outsourcing Solutions, HP's private investigative firm, "told lawyers interviewing him in August 2006, that he had informed Ms. Dunn that 'he had undertaken a similar investigation involving leaks from a Big Five accounting firm to a Wall Street Journal reporter. Mr. DeLia was successful in finding the source of the leaks in that case.'"
The email reports that Mr. DeLia said he "had conducted visual -- not electronic -- surveillance of the reporter at issue while on vacation and had skip tracers call the hotel the reporter had been staying at to obtain his hotel call records via pretexting, which revealed a call to a senior executive with the company. Pretexting was also used to determine where the reporter was vacationing -- somebody called the reporter's office saying the reporter had requested certain information and asking someone in the office for the hotel number."A spokesman for the Journal said the paper is "looking into this." Maybe they should hire a private investigator.
The email doesn't make clear who the Journal reporter was, or where or when the pretexting took place.