CEO of cyber security start-up resign after threatening to “kill” President-Elect Donald Trump with a sniper rifle on Facebook.
Tech CEO Resigns After Threatening To Kill Donald Trump On Facebook
Matt Harrigan, CEO of PacketSled, a cybersecurity firm that develops software to detect the origin of cyber attacks has resigned after he posted threats on social media to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump with a sniper rifle.
On Sunday afternoon, the Twitter and Facebook accounts that are linked to Matt Harrigan included comments threatening Donald Trump. One of the Facebook post from Matt Harrigan reads “I’m going to kill the president. Elect”, followed by “Bring it secret service,”Nope, getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the whitehouse that suits you mother******. I’ll find you”
Matt Harrigan even challenged the CIA to stop him. Unfortunately, the comments were recorded by someone from his Facebook friend list and posted the screenshots on Reddit.
In a short period of time, the posts went viral. According to ABC News 10, the words he used in Facebook got back to the company he worked for. However, Matt Harrigan spent no time and apologized for his remarks in the statement on PacketSled’s website and says that the threats are just a “Jokes”
Here’s the full apology:
My recent Facebook comment was intended to be a joke, in the context of a larger conversation, and only privately shared as such. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not engage in this form of rhetoric with any level of seriousness and the comment most certainly does not represent my real personal views in any regard. I apologize if anything that I said was either taken seriously, was offensive, or caused any legitimate concern.
Best Regards, Matt Harrigan
Matt Harrigan’s apologetic statement has been removed from the PacketSled website. The company update a new post and notified that they “accepted the resignation of President and CEO Matt Harrigan, effective immediately.”
“We want to be very clear, PacketSled does not condone the comments made by Mr. Harrigan, which do not reflect the views or opinions of the company, its employees, investors or partners,”
Since the apology statement was removed from the website, Matt Harrigan tweeted apologizing comments on Twitter three times.
The US Law states that activity like threatening a president, the vice-president is a federal crime anyone who “knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm upon” the president-elect can face fine and up to 5 years in prison.
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