Cisco VP turns hunting memo leaker into new 'hobby'

Cisco VP turns hunting memo leaker into new 'hobby'

Summary: A Cisco executive, who also happens to be a former CIA operations officer, is on the hunt for someone who leaked an internal memo.

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Cisco vice president Mike Quinn appears to be very peeved at the moment as some of his leaked emails continue to cause a stir.

Based on a new report (among several) from Network World, Quinn is looking for someone who leaked an internal memo at the telecommunications giant.

The original memo in question was leaked to and published by blogger Brad Reese last week, but it's really the latest memo/warning/veiled threat to Cisco employees that has people talking now.

Here's a snippet:

The person or persons whom felt it was cool or correct to share this internal memo should now have the intestinal fortitude to stand up and admit that they did this, then resign.

I want you to remember that Cisco puts the groceries on your table every two weeks, not Brad Reese or other Slander Sheet Journalists. That you disrespected everyone else at Cisco. Now I know you do not have it in you to stand up and admit what you did, so I will now make you my "hobby." Ask around you will find out that I like to work on my hobbies.

The full text is available on Reese's blog. The use of the word "hobby" actually makes this sound a bit more sinister and twisted, which isn't helped by the fact that Quinn is a former CIA operations officer.

Topics: Legal, Cisco, Government, Government US, Privacy

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  • Why doesn't HE resign?

    If there was no problem with the contents of the memo, what's the problem with outsiders seeing it? If he didn't want the information public, he shouldn't have put it in a memo and circulated it--pass it on verbally in person. If he feels having the contents of the memo become known to the public is a problem, then maybe HE should resign.
    Rick_R
    • It'called Trust. I hope they find the memo leaker and fire him

      the first line of the memo reads - "Internal Use Only".

      The word is trust - where you trust people to respect the company's desire to keep confidential info confidential.

      "If he didn't want the information public, he shouldn't have put it in a memo and circulated it"

      Seriously? What about bid numbers, how they come up with bids, what their profit margins are, ect? How about manufacturing techniques, ect?

      I would hope that where you work, employees aren't just handing out that kind of info to everyone they meet.

      I hope they find the pwerson and fire them. Imagine if it was you that gets put out of work because you lost a bunch of contracts because someone at your company leaked a memo they shouldn't have.
      William Farrel
      • Sorry for the Elmer Fudd

        should be person, not pwerson.

        Where's that darn edit button?!?
        William Farrel
      • Trust

        Interesting post from one of the biggest shills/fan boys here. You have already sold your soul. It is pretty clear you cannot be trusted.
        D.T.Long
  • The sh*thead actions like this

    is the reason i'll jump off cisco gear as soon as next refresh.
    Cisco's lagging behind of features support, cost, power requirements - their wireless sucks *ss!. They keep treating their customers in a manner closely resembling what Oracle does.
    This is what happens when you allow marketing and accounting morons drive decisions at tech company. Why no one seems to remember Compaq lessons?
    "Oh, ah, let's just allow former CIA oper run a witch-hunt instead of improving our product - it's much easier..." - morons!
    vgrig
  • toxic boss?

    This guy sounds pretty toxic. I sure wouldn't want him as my boss. People write to us at eBossWatch all the time telling us about similar types of threats their bosses have made.
    eBoss Watch
    • Seriously?

      I understand that you want to pimp your web site, but are you cognizant of what "trust" means?

      This company was intentionally betrayed by somebody in a position of trust. That person will do it again.

      I cannot fault the person for sharing; they might have had good reasons. I also don't fault the company for doing everything possible to fire that employee. An employee who cannot be trusted is less than worthless.
      SlimSam