YAHOO! STANDS accused of being "negligent" and "deceptive" after it failed to fully cough up to a US congressional panel over colluding with Chinese authorities to get a journalist jailed.
Yahoo's general counsel, Michael Callahan, wrote to the House of Representatives committee on foreign affairs, saying a " misunderstanding" meant that Yahoo failed to supply all the relevant information to the US Congress.
But the congressional panel's chairman, Tom Lantos, found this too much to stomach. "Yahoo claims that this is just one big misunderstanding. Let me be clear - this was no misunderstanding. This was inexcusably negligent behaviour at best, and deliberately deceptive behaviour at worst," Lantos said.
"Either Yahoo has little regard for providing full and complete information to a fully constituted committee of the Congress, or it has little regard for the issue of protecting human rights," he added.
Chinese journalist Shi Tao remains behind bars on a ten-year stretch after Yahoo! passed his details on to Chinese propaganda cops. Yahoo! has been wriggling to get off the hook, saying that is has to comply with local laws to business in China and now, apparently, refusing to come clean to Congress.
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