European Ombudsman Criticizes Intel Investigation

The Wall Street Journal reports that the European Ombudsman has criticized the conduct of the European Commission during the investigation against US chipmaker Intel. Mr. Diamandouros has said that the European Commission committed “maladministration” by not recording in the case file a formal account of an August 2006 meeting between commission investigators and a senior Dell Inc. executive who was providing evidence in the case.

The report says that the executive, who isn’t identified, is believed to have told investigators that Dell viewed the performance of Intel rival Advanced Micro DevicesInc. as “very poor.” That could imply that Dell chose Intel chips for technical reasons.

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