Gentilucci Gets Firm Invite to Congress’ HP Party

He’d rather stay home in Boston, but now it looks like Anthony Gentilucci, the manager of Hewlett-Packard’s global security unit, is going to have to testify before a congressional committee after all. “They sent an invitation for him to appear voluntarily, which he politely declined,” Gentilucci’s lawyer, Berkeley-based Miles Ehrlich, said Monday. “And then last Friday, we received a subpoena. So he’ll be appearing Thursday.”

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is investigating the methods used to track the communications of HP board members, employees and journalists as a probe led by former HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn — who stepped down last week in the scandal’s wake — tried to figure out who was leaking information to the press. Internal strife over the investigation came to a head at the beginning of September, when the Wall Street Journal reported that former HP director Tom Perkins had left the board in May to protest the leak investigation’s tactics, which included impersonating board members and employees to obtain their phone records.

Gentilucci will appear along with several other HP executives, including CEO Mark Hurd, Dunn and General Counsel Ann Baskins, as well as outside investigators. In addition to the congressional committee, the SEC, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and San Francisco U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan are investigating the leak probe. Ehrlich — who was the head of the white-collar unit in Ryan’s office until late last year — said Gentilucci has not heard from any of those agencies. “Tony hasn’t received any contact from either the AG or the U.S. attorney’s office,” Ehrlich said.

Justin Scheck

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