UPDATE: In an update on who is to blame for the document leaks, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley signed an order that states that Microsoft did indeed provide the link to the documents on September 14. It was also confirmed the documents have been removed with Microsoft being required to provide “clean documents” by September 22.
ORIGINAL: After countless unredacted Microsoft emails and documents from its case against the FTC were made available to the public overnight, many have wondered just how a leak like allowed to happen. From future console and controller plans to even talks about buying Nintendo, it seems that nothing was kept private from the company’s internal talks over the last few years.
While some online tried to believe that it was an intentional leak, possibly from the FTC itself, the government agency says that’s not the case.
“Microsoft was responsible for the error in uploading these documents to the court,” the director of the FTC’s Office of Public Affairs, Douglas Farrar, told NBC News.
When reached out for comment, Insider Gaming was told that Microsoft would have no comments on the leaks at this time. We have reached out to multiple parties within the company, however, to try and get an update on the matter.
Should a statement be received, this article will be updated accordingly.
As of now, all of the court documents for the FTC vs. Microsoft case have been taken offline.
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