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In the fall of 2005, a laptop computer was stolen from HP board director George Keyworth's home in Italy, according to the documents. Several months later, Kevin Hunsaker, HP's former director of ethics and the man who at that point was tasked with spearheading the investigation, discussed in e-mails with DeLia and former HP security manager Anthony Gentilucci the need to track down the machine because it could contain confidential HP information.
Although Hunsaker realized the laptop was likely Keyworth's personal property, he wanted to know whether it was appropriate to search the computer for evidence that could aid in their leak investigation.
In an April 21, 2006, e-mail, Hunsaker supplied DeLia and Gentilucci with the serial number of the missing computer and in a follow-up e-mail wrote: "Now let's get those guys in Italy to find that laptop!!!!. It could be the case breaker of all case breakers."
On April 22, DeLia asked Hunsaker, "Is the laptop HP property? Did (George Keyworth) purchase or was the laptop provided to him by HP?"
Hunsaker responded: "I believe it belongs to GK, as each board member is given something like $2,000 a year to spend on HP products. So, while HP provided it directly to him, I do not believe it is tracked or considered to be an HP asset."
Hunsaker also wrote that "we will need to have someone open it up to determine whether any of the data on the computer was accessed and compromised so we can access whether HP-related data is now out in the public domain, so we'll need to determine who is best-suited to do that. And, as part of that search, we'll have to determine whether it's appropriate to see if there's anything relevant to the Kona II (the code name for the second HP leak hunt) investigation on the computer. So, we should probably have it returned to Fred in our Roseville office."
Though it's not clear whether the laptop was ever recovered, the cost of attempting to retrieve the computer was included in a breakdown of charges HP incurred as part of the Kona II investigation. A document labeled "Kona II billing detail December through April 2006" lists: "Laptop recovery activity in Italy (2 thefts-BoD members laptop) $9,668."
By August, enthusiasm for the leak hunt had been replaced by concern. DeLia wrote to Hunsaker in a Aug. 26, 2006, e-mail: "It appears AT&T has filed lawsuits against online data broker companies for the same reason (providing customer call records) they have been sued for!"
And by September, Gentilucci worried if he would lose his job.
"We are being hung out to dry," Gentilucci wrote to a co-worker in a Sept. 6 e-mail, the day after the leak probe became public. "The politics, smokes, mirrors are high. I have lost a lot of respect for a lot of people, amazing really. If I am still here next week, we can discuss over a beer in a week or two."
Two weeks later, Gentilucci resigned.CNET News.com's Scott Ard, Jim Kerstetter and Anne Broache contributed to this article.
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