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The Wall Street Journal reports that New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. has asked the US Attorney General’s office to investigate the high-level surveillance activities in which Wal-Mart has been engaged, targeting dissident shareholder organizations that it viewed as “potential threats.”

Wal-Mart’s extensive corporate espionage activities have come to light in recent days in numerous press reports. Much of the information has come from Bruce Gabbard, a Wal-Mart security employee who was fired for surreptitiously taping phone calls between company executives and a reporter for the New York Times. A judge has granted a temporary restraining order barring Gabbard from disclosing confidential information.
KC's View:
We think the only thing that will save Wal-Mart from a federal probe will be the fact that there is so much else political going on in the nation’s capital. But ultimately, we expect, there will be Senate and/or House hearings, and subpoenas, and testimony under oath.