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October 17, 2007

Yahoo! Pressed by House Committee Over Dissident Testimony

Congressman Tom Lantos, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has asked Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang and Senior Vice President and General Counsel Michael Callaghan to testify at a November 6 hearing concerning jailed Chinese activist Shi Tao.  The Committee believes that Yahoo! representatives lied at an earlier hearing in 2006 when it claimed that it didn't know why the Chinese government wanted the information on Shi Tao.  The Committee is in possession of a Chinese government document that refutes that statement.

Committee member Chris Smith (R-NJ) is quoted in the Committee press release as saying “U.S. companies must hold the line and not work hand in glove with the secret police."  I wonder if he feels the same way about AT&T, Verizon, et al. and their alleged illegal cooperation with the NSA?

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