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HP CEO Whitman Tries Not to Talk About Autonomy in London

meg_on_foxHewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman was in London today ostensibly to talk about Project Moonshot, the new class of servers that HP hopes will contribute meaningfully to its promised turnaround.

But the only thing any of the assembled journalists she’s had contact with have wanted to discuss is Autonomy, the British software firm that HP acquired in 2011 and on which it blamed the majority of an $8.8 billion write-down.

The magnitude of the accounting improprieties, Whitman said in interviews with The Guardian and The Telegraph, were such that HP had to report its findings to regulators on both sides on the Atlantic. She also ruled out any notion that HP is interested in selling off Autonomy — such rumors are apparently still in the air in the U.K. — calling it “critical to our strategy.”

Here’s Whitman in an interview she did with the BBC, which starts with her being asked whether it was “wise” for HP to attack Lynch and the rest of Autonomy’s former management team.

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