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Government Security News: HBGary leak prompts probe call from Congressmen

March 3, 2011- Information in e-mails purloined from security contractor HBGary Federal has spurred 19 Congressman to call for an investigation into a planned dirty-tricks campaign to discredit critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The letter sent to four House committee chairmen by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) calls for a probe of revelations found in the pilfered messages that HBGary Federal, Palantir Technologies and Berico Technologies (collectively calling themselves "Team Themis") and the law firm of Hunton & Williams planned a campaign to sabotage and discredit critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, including U.S. Chamber Watch, the union federation Change to Win, the Center for American Progress, the Service Employees International Union and other organizations.

"We are deeply concerned by evidence that intelligence contractors may have engaged in a criminal conspiracy to target American citizens on behalf of powerful corporate interests," Johnson said in a statement. "We believe a full Congressional investigation is warranted to determine whether laws were broken and whether existing laws are sufficient to protect Americans from high-tech dirty tricks."



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