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Yahoo apologized to To US Congress over jailed China journalist

Posted by Author on November 2, 2007

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Mure Dickie in Beijing, via MSNBC, Nov. 1, 2007-

A top Yahoo official who has come under fire for the company’s role in the 2004 imprisonment of a dissident in China apologised on Thursday for failing to tell US lawmakers that Yahoo knew more about the case than he initially acknowledged in testimony last year.

Michael Callahan, Yahoo’s executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement ahead of a congressional hearing next week that he “realised” that Yahoo had additional information about the nature of the probe into one of its users, Shi Tao, a journalist now serving a 10-year prison sentence in China, months after he testified that Yahoo had “no information” about the investigation.

Yahoo has faced intense criticism for its involvement in the case because, according to US lawmakers, police in Beijing only found Mr Shi after Yahoo provided them with his e-mail account, IP address log-on history, and the contents of his e-mails.

According to the lawmakers, at the time of Mr Callahan’s earlier testimony Yahoo was in possession of a 2004 order issued by the Chinese government.

The order said that authorities were seeking information about a user on suspicions that he “illegally provided state secrets to foreign entities” – a charge that is often invoked in cases involving political dissidents.

“Months after I testified before two House subcommittees on Yahoo’s approach to business in China, I realised Yahoo had additional information about a 2004 order issued by the Chinese government seeking information about a Yahoo China user,” Mr Callahan said in the statement.

The existence of the order was made public after a San Francisco-based human rights group released the documents.

“I neglected to directly alert the committee of this new information and that oversight led to a misunderstanding that I deeply regret and have apologised to the committee for creating,” Mr Callahan said.

He added that in consultations with committee staff they agreed that his 2006 testimony was “truthful”.

He is expected to testify that a lawyer for Yahoo in Asia failed to brief him on the order because the lawyer did not believe it was significant.

The apology marks a shift in strategy at Yahoo, to strike a more conciliatory tone. Last month, the company said it was “grossly unfair” that the company was being singled out by lawmakers on the House foreign relations committee for giving false information to Congress…… (more details from MSNBC: Yahoo in apology on China)

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