The US government is biased against Microsoft , CEO Bill Gates has told company shareholders.
“You can’t help but wonder when you hear about the private breakfast meetings and private dinners on an ongoing basis between the government’s lawyers and Microsoft’s competitors,” Gates said, referring, for example, to a breakfast at the home of Netscape CEO James Barksdale with the Justice Department’s lead prosecutor several months before the trial began.
“As our witnesses come forward, you will see that the facts simply don’t support the government’s claims,” he said. “People will be surprised to see how the DOJ [Department of Justice] has misused email snippets to create a false impression.”
Eight of 12 governmentwitnesses remain before Microsoft starts calling its own witnesses.
He ended prepared remarks by thanking shareholders for their “support and trust . . . through all these exciting times.”