E-mails disclosed between reporters and Boeing employee
In the ongoing trial of a former Boeing employee accused of stealing company secrets, testimony Thursday disclosed numerous e-mails with reporters from the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Post-Intelligencer reporter Andrea James writes, “Though the detectives asked him numerous times about contact with the media, Eastman would not confirm that he had ever spoken with a reporter.
“But Detective David Dunn from the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, in taped testimony played Thursday, said he’d found e-mails on Eastman’s computer that confirm contact with reporters. Dunn found seven pages of e-mails between Eastman and Times reporter Dominic Gates, and four pages of e-mails between Eastman and Seattle P-I reporter James Wallace. The e-mails were submitted as evidence Thursday.
“The reporter-source relationship between Gates and Eastman began around September 2003, with an e-mail.
“‘Would any major outsourcing plans by BCAG (Boeing Commercial Airplanes group) be news to you?’ Eastman wrote to the reporter. ‘If so, please contact me. I, of course, would have to be assured total anonymity.'”
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