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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Read Between the Lines

Questions Raised for Phone Giants in Spy Data Furor

Read between the lines on this one, will ya?
Qwest was apparently alone among the four major telephone companies to have resisted the requests to cooperate with the government effort.

A statement issued on behalf of Mr. Nacchio yesterday by his lawyer, Herbert J. Stern, said that after the government's first approach in the fall of 2001, "Mr. Nacchio made inquiry as to whether a warrant or other legal process had been secured in support of that request."

"When he learned that no such authority had been granted, and that there was a disinclination on the part of the authorities to use any legal process," Mr. Nacchio concluded that the requests violated federal privacy requirements "and issued instructions to refuse to comply."

The statement said the requests continued until Mr. Nacchio left in June 2002. His departure came amid accusations of fraud at the company, and he now faces federal charges of insider trading.

Wonder when those "accusations" began?

They will get you, man. They will get you.

More later...


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