Microsoft dossier on journalist 'accidentally sent' to tech website

Gizmodo believes it was accidentally included in an email thread about a product announcement

Microsoft dossier on journalist 'accidentally sent' to tech website

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Tech website Gizmodo has reported that it accidentally received a 'dossier' on a tech journalist in an email intended for Microsoft executives.

The US-based website says it received a mail appearing to show "high-level Microsoft executives" as well as employees of a communications company discussing a new announcement about a Skype 'bot' (Skype was bought by Microsoft in 2011).

Included in the email thread was a "one-and-a-half page dossier on Mark Sullivan, a senior writer for Fast Company". 

Sullivan had been lined up for an interview with some of the executives mentioned in the thread.

The dossier itself does not exactly contain any major secrets, with some of the details taken from the writer's biography on the Fast Company website itself.  

It does collect some of his thoughts on competing products, and predicts some possible questions.

In a statement issued to Gizmodo, Microsoft explained: “As you might expect, we work to make sure all of our spokespeople come into any interview prepared.

"This includes being clear about what the interview is about, as well as giving them context on who they will be talking to."

Sullivan, meanwhile, seemed to take the whole thing in his stride:

This is not the first time Microsoft has accidentally sent such a memo to a publication, with a Wired reporter having previously said he accidentally received a similar document about himself.

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