Deutsche Telekom is hoping to contain a brou-ha-ha that erupted after the publication this weekend of a story that revealed the company had monitored calls between its executives, board members, some shareholders and the media as it attempted to squelch leaks relating to cost cutting in 2005 ad 2006.
The company has admitted it tried to trace the source of leaks and has promised a full investigation of the Der Spiegel magazine report. CEO Rene Obermann warned that lawbreakers would face "severe consequences."
"I am deeply shocked by the allegations. We take the process very seriously," he said.
Deutsche Telekom yesterday said it had found what it called indications of "illegal and improper use" of phone calls made to and from both landlines and cell phones in 2005 and 2006.
- See this AP story in Newsday