Hewlett-Packard (HP) has sacked an unnamed employee who intercepted a controversial voicemail from chief executive Carly Fiorina and distributed it to the press.
The voicemail related to the recent $19bn merger vote with Compaq and appears to back claims from opponents of the deal that HP executives 'bought' shareholder votes.
The recording that emerged last week features Fiorina telling chief financial office Bob Wayman that the company "may have to do something extraordinary" to win the backing of uncertain larger shareholders, including Deutsche Asset Management.
The vote has since become the focus of a federal criminal investigation.
Many HP employees had opposed the deal which is likely to cost around 10 per cent of the workforce its jobs.
Fiorina defended the company's conduct and condemned the employee who gained "unauthorised access" to Wayman's home or mobile phone and confessed to leaking two other documents.
HP added that the hunt was on for another suspected source of leaked information within the company.
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