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Intel wonders how INQUIRER gets leaks so fast

Story 20,000 Keep your heads down, moles
Thu Dec 02 2004, 07:17
CHIP FIRM Intel's internal magazine, Circuit News, has got itself in a tizzy about just how redtop tabloid rags like the INQUIRER get to know so much about what's going on inside.

In the latest issue of the well written and informative magazine, people have asked its editor just how we were able to publish portions of a lengthy web cast from future CEO Paul Otellini to his 80,000 plus Intel troops. One letter from a concerned employee in Bangalore asked how news websites like the INQ get hold of complete internal webcast details on the same day they're published. He asks whether the leak was intended. Sometimes we at the INQUIRER wonder about this as well.

20000To that question, Walden Kirsch, admitted the Circuit News story did leak "with blinding speed". The editor asks the moles to "knock it off and right now".

The magazine admits that Intel tells a different story to its internal audience than it does to cheesy rags like the INQ, particularly in tone and in style.

But it's a pity that the leaks exist, said the editor today. Keeping secrets in an 80,000 plus organisation is nearly impossible, said Circuit News. And while 99.9% of employees don't leak, that still leaves people who do leak. µ

* TECHNICALLY, or rather numerically, this is the 20,000th story to be published on the INQUIRER. The first 16 stories or so are missing after we tampered with our back end and couldn't restore the missing ones. Also, a few blanks exist when submitting editors' stories were spiked, unused and the like. Nevertheless, many thanks to all of our readers, our writers, our web team, our advertisers and our agencies for helping to make the INQ successful. We'll be breaking a bottle of Cristal milk open to celebrate.

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