Former Defense secretary applauded ‘young Elizabeth’ Holmes, but bloom came off

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The Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Retired four-star general and former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote admiring messages to Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes after she told him of her startup’s technology, but after he joined the board he came to question her promises, jurors heard at Holmes’ criminal fraud trial Wednesday. “There just came a point where I just didn’t know what to believe about Theranos anymore,” Mattis testified. Mattis was the commander of U.S. and allied forces in the Middle East when he first met Holmes in San Francisco in 2011 after he gave a speech, he testified. She describe…

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