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Fresh From College and Charged in EBay Plot, Analyst Speaks Out

  • U.S. alleges conspiracy to silence newsletter with dire omens
  • Intelligence analyst, 26, says boss presented blog as a threat
EBay Inc. signage is displayed at the entrance to the company's headquarters in San Jose, California.
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Among the former eBay Inc. employees charged this week in a macabre scare campaign to silence a critical newsletter was a 26-year-old analyst who says the auction site’s chief of security presented the blog’s editor as a threat to the online giant.

Veronica Zea, working her first full-time job since graduating from college two years earlier, was just following orders, her lawyer said.