Denny I never stated that I "was informed at a later point that [my] duty
as a trustee is towards the WMF". I have at all times understood that I
have a duty to the WMF and believe I have at all times fulfilled this duty.
A duty to the foundation; however, does not permit me to act unethically
and one is still required to use their own judgement.

What I did state was "Note that in later conversations I was informed that
it may not be legal for board members to promise confidentiality to
individual staff, as our ultimate duty is to the WMF as a whole".


On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 10:10 AM, Nathan <> wrote:

> On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 12:03 PM, Denny Vrandečić <>
> wrote:
> > Just a few points of clarification:
> >
> > * I have, to the best of my memory, passed on information only with the
> > understanding of my sources. If any of my sources disagrees with that,
> > please send me a message - I want to know and understand that I made a
> > mistake there.
> > * We are not talking about the information being shared with the whole
> > Board (this was not clear from my account, sorry). No one was asked to
> > forward information to the whole Board. Instead, external legal counsel
> was
> > collecting the documents: they were sent to the lawyers, under
> > attorney-client privilege, not to the whole Board or the Task Force.
> > * I am surprised to see James state that he was informed at a later point
> > that his duty as a trustee is towards the WMF, although that explains a
> few
> > things. He was sitting in the same room when we received legal training
> at
> > our first Board meeting, and he also signed (and, I assume, read) the
> same
> > documents I had.
> >
> > I am rather sad to see so many assumptions of bad faith. I was hoping
> that
> > by being more open about the events, it would help with transparency and
> > healing. It was not easy to have this account published in the first
> place,
> > and now I start to see that it was possibly a mistake.
> >
> > It strengthens my resolution to stay away from Wikimedia politics, and I
> > hope that this will free up the time and energy to get more things done.
> I
> > am thankful and full of respect for anyone who is willing to deal with
> that
> > topic in a constructive manner.
> Denny, thank you for your summary of events and your willingness to provide
> information that wasn't widely available. I hope you continue to be willing
> to do that, even understanding that there is no guarantee that criticism
> will not be part of the result. Talking through these things brings up
> points of confusion and misunderstanding and helps clear them up for
> everyone, and this is a good thing. An example - if the WMF/board hires an
> outside law firm, the attorney-client privilege is between the WMF and the
> firm; individual employees are not protected against disclosure of
> information by the firm to the WMF because the employee is not the client,
> the WMF is.
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