Open Letter to “The Washington Post”
July 16, 2010, Bucharest, Romania
The Romanian company NEOBIT SRL (Bucharest) refutes the information regarding the alleged Russian spy Alexey Karetnikov as being an employee of a Romanian company Neobit.
This miss-information was first published by you (The Washington Post) on July 14 2010 in an article entitled “U.S. deports alleged 12th Russian spy” (cited by many local Romanian and international publications), inside the paragraph “The man, Alexey Karetnikov, entered the United States in October and was living in the Seattle area, where he worked at Microsoft, according to federal officials and the company […] Database searches show that someone with Karetnikov's name had been living in an apartment in Redmond, Wash., since October. That man's Facebook page says he worked for Microsoft and a Romanian-based software company called Neobit.”
The association of our company’s name (NEOBIT) with this subject matter (international spying activities and training) is deeply regrettable and began to produce real damages to our company’s image, as well as to ourselves in person (the company’s owners and personnel).
Therefore, in order to repair the damaged image of our company and us, we urgently request the right to reply to all your articles containing or referring to our company’s name (Neobit) and linked with the name of the alleged Russian spy Alexey Karetnikov as being an employee of a Romanian company Neobit.
The whole NEOBIT SRL official reply to be published:
⇨ The Romanian company NEOBIT SRL refutes the information regarding the alleged Russian spy Alexey Karetnikov as being an employee of a Romanian company Neobit. The man Alexey Karetnikov was not an employee of the Romanian company Neobit (NEOBIT SRL) from Bucharest, nor does he have or had any contacts with this company or personal contacts with the company’s personnel.
NEOBIT SRL and it’s staff is working honestly for more than 7 years in the field of Information Technology (systems integration, communication infrastructures and software development) for the marketing, management and technical departments of our customers.
Associating our activity, products and solutions (online presentation, e-commerce and customer relationship management websites, online marketing campaigns, unified communications solutions and virtualization technologies for businesses, customized web applications development, voice-over-IP telephony and call center solutions, customer-loyalty solution, etc.) with international spying activities and training is like saying “All Information Technology related activities means spying!”
We trust that The Washington Post will correct this wrong concept.”
Madalina Andrei, NEOBIT SRL ⇦
Also, we request that the format of the reply should be broadcasted in the same format (paper, TV news, online articles) for all our name (Neobit) mentions related to the subject matter. We also trust that your efforts of spreading our official response should balance the original miss-information spreading.
Further more and not least important, as your publication managed to obtain officially that “The man, Alexey Karetnikov,[…] worked at Microsoft, according to federal officials and the company”, we demand your public open answer to the question why our Romanian-based company (NEOBIT SRL) has not been contacted in any way prior to publishing and spreading the miss-information “That man's Facebook page says he worked for […]a Romanian-based software company called Neobit.” as the Facebook page you refer to does not contain the nationality of the employer so-called “Neobit”.
Your public open answer should contain how were you able to deduce the information “Romanian-based software company”, as you must be aware that the name “Neobit” or “NeoBit” or “NEOBIT” is an internationally used name and/or trademark by many more companies in many other countries.
Original WP article source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/13/AR2010071302840.html?sub=AR