Yahoo’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Michael Callahan has apologized to US lawmakers over providing incorrect information about Yahoo’s cooperation with the Chinese government to hand over user information on Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist who used Yahoo China Mail to leak a secret government story to external media companies.
Next week Callahan and Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang will testify to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs about the matter, which led to the imprisonment of the journalist.
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In the hearings last February, Mr. Callahan said the company gave the Chinese government information in 2004 about one of its users, Shi Tao, without knowing why Chinese officials sought the information. The journalist was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison for divulging state secrets.
It has since come to light that Beijing’s request to Yahoo included a reference to state secrets. Yahoo said Mr. Callahan was informed of this in October 2006 but neglected to inform the committee.