HP Goes to Washington

A tragi-comedy for our times makes its highly anticipated debut on Capitol Hill. Here are sketches of the leading players

True to congressional form, a Sept. 28 House of Representatives hearing on Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) now infamous investigative methods was long on soliloquy, heavy on finger-pointing, and woefully short on high drama. And for a proceeding aimed at probing how a company handled leaks, this one was a sieve. In the days leading up to the hearing by the subcommittee on oversight and investigations, the news media was fed a steady diet of little plot revealers—a damning e-mail here, a memo there. Plenty to keep the HP headlines rolling.

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