‘I’m Not Comfortable Discussing the Contents of That Meeting.’

Philip Elmer-DeWitt:

“I’m not comfortable discussing the contents of that meeting.”

That’s what Russell Grandinetti, Amazon’s vice president for Kindle content, said when asked in court Friday about a meeting he attended in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Seattle boathouse on Sunday Jan. 24, 2010. It was the only question in more than four hours of testimony that Grandinetti declined to answer. […]

Although Grandinetti wouldn’t say anything about the meeting in Bezos’ boathouse — not even if Bezos attended it — documents presented into evidence showed that the next day, Jan. 25, Amazon began developing its own terms for an agency contract.

I don’t get it. If he’s under oath, how does he get to just decline to answer questions?

Thursday, 6 June 2013