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Back in 2007, Sundar Pichai thought Google shouldn’t be Safari’s only search option.

Now, his email to Larry Page and Sergey Brin (among others) has surfaced in the US v. Google trial, where the Department of Justice is taking aim at Google’s multibillion-dollar deal for prime placement in Apple’s browser. Google argues it’s simply the best choice, but in those early years, Pichai appeared ambivalent about the exclusivity deal regardless.

“I know we are insisting on default, but at the same time I think we should encourage them to have Yahoo as a choice in the pull down or some other easy option,” he wrote. “I don’t think it is a good user experience nor the optics is great for us to be the only provider in the browser.”