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This Tech CEO Was Fired For Death Threats Against Donald Trump

Nov 15, 2016

The CEO and President of PacketSled was recently let go after posting death threats against president-elect Donald Trump on social media.

Matt Harrigan, the cybersecurity firm's former CEO, gained the attention of Reddit users on Sunday when a few comments he had written on Facebook were posted to the site. The comments were perceived as death threats by some of Trump's supporters, some of whom took to the subreddit page "/r/The_Donald" asking that people call the Secret Service to report Harrigan.

Comments that worried the redditors included "I'm going to kill the president. Elect [sic]," "Bring it secret service," and "getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts." One post claimed that Harrigan had ties to the CIA, pointing to a picture he had posted with former CIA director James Woolsey.

In response to the attention he was receiving, PacketSled soon put Harrigan on administrative leave. Afterwards he posted an apology to the company's website that said his comments were "intended to be a joke." A more recent post to the site says that the board of directors has "accepted the resignation of President and CEO Matthew Harrigan, effective immediately."

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