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Russo, Quigley Go to DC

10:00 AM -- Today's House Armed Services Committee hearing that will examine the security implications of the Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA)/Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU) nuptials has attracted an all-star cast. (See Alcatel, Lucent Face Security Grilling.)

Turning up on behalf of the engaged couple are Lucent's CEO Pat Russo and Alcatel's President and COO Mike Quigley. They should have plenty to talk about. (See Inside Lucatel: Quigley's Not Mad at Pat.)

But they're not the only big hitters turning up to answer questions from Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, the Committee's chairman, who doesn't like the sound of a French company being within sniffing distance of Bell Labs . Gordon England, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Clay Lowery, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Treasury Department, are also due to provide testimony.

Speculation that Tom Cruise will provide a Scientologist's perspective on whether the U.S. could be infiltrated by onion-bearing figures wearing berets has been added to this blog for gratuitous effect.

The hearing, which comes just a day after Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens Communications Group took a giant step towards forming their monster joint venture, is set for 2 p.m. today in Washington, D.C. (See Nokia, Siemens Get OK From EC.)

It should be a doozy.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Espionage Editor, Light Reading

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:34:52 AM
re: Russo, Quigley Go to DC I tried to log on to proceedings but then noticed that the meeting's status has been changed from 'Open' to 'Classified Briefing.'

Anyone out there with a glass to the wall? If so, let us know what's going on in there...
digits 12/5/2012 | 3:34:51 AM
re: Russo, Quigley Go to DC Quigley isn't French, so he may antagonize the anti-merger Hunter less....

Alcatel's job may have been harder if they had sent the vendor's president of North America, Hubert de Pesquidoux. He even *looks* French, and that may have got under the Congressman's skin -- see
http://www.alcatel.com/vpr/bio...
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