Hewlett-Packard Co.'s former finance chief said she thoughtshe'd be fired when she spoke out against the Autonomy deal at aboard meeting on the eve of the $11 billion acquisition.

Cathie Lesjak, who worked at the company for more than 30 years,decided in the early hours of the morning before a crucial boardvote to object to the transaction—and fully expected to be fired byCEO Leo Apotheker as a result. On her first day of evidence in the$5.1 billion fraud trial against several former Autonomy managers,Lesjak said she'd believed the 60 percent premium on offer was fartoo high.

“I thought it was a sure thing that I would be fired,” Lesjaksaid Monday in the London trial. “I knew I had to speak up.”

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