To say that hp directors merely 'spied' on reporters and their own peers to find a source of a leak is an undertstatement.
It's been interesting to watch the press handle this, as the perpetrators are high-level corporate executives.
If this had been a hacker the questionable behavior engaged in by hp directors would have been called what it is - i.e. "identity theft" used to gain access to private information, period.
The softpedaled euphamism "pretexting" has been put out there by the press to make it look likek something other than it is - simple identity theft and fraud.
Let's see what kind of 'justice' comes out of this. Everyone involved should face legal penalties, and - if found guilty in a court of law - should be summarily dismissed from their currently held positions.