Last week, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina bragged about providing truckloads of HP servers to the NSA after 9/11, at the urgent request of then-NSA-chief Michael Hayden.
In an interview with Yahoo News, she boasted about receiving a call from Hayden, after which she swiftly redirected an order of HP servers to Fort Meade. “Carly, I need stuff and I need it now,” he reportedly told her. The NSA needed the machines to implement its warrantless wiretapping program codenamed “STELLARWIND.”
“I felt it was my duty to help, and so we did,” Fiorina, who was the CEO of HP at the time, said.
Until Fiorina bragged about it, this episode of obedient collaboration between the computer giant and the spy agency had never come out—because, evidence suggests, it might have been classified.