Cybersecurity CEO resigns after posting Trump assassination threats on Facebook

Former PacketSled chief threatened to shoot the president-elect with a sniper rifle.
By Jessica Davis
12:53 PM
Cybersecurity CEO Trump assassination

PacketSled CEO Matt Harrigan resigned after threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump on Facebook, the company announced Tuesday.

“Once we were made aware of these comments, we immediately reported this information to the Secret Service and will cooperate fully with any inquiries,” officials said in a statement. “These comments do not reflect the views or opinions of PacketSled, its employees, investors or partners.”

Reddit posted the screenshots of Harrington’s Facebook tirade, including the comment: “I’m going to kill the president elect,” another which read, “Bring it Secret Service,” and other specifics about how Harrigan intended to initiate the attack, including using a sniper rifle and perching himself “where it counts.”

Harrigan has since deleted the Facebook thread containing the comments. However, action can still be taken under U.S. Code 871, as threats against presidents and successors to the presidency are a felony with a potential punishment of a fine, up to five years in prison or both.

On Sunday, Harrigan posted a retraction on his Twitter account: “My humble apologies that a flawed joke has become public/out of context. My poor judgement does not represent the views of PacketSled, customers, investors or the officers of PacketSled. I have no malicious intention towards Potus and apologize to all for my lack of judgement and offensive commentary.”

PacketSled’s chief technology officer Fred Wilmot will serve as interim CEO while its Board of Directors searches for a permanent replacement.

“We want to be very clear,” officials said, “PacketSled does not condone the comments made by Mr. Harrigan.”

Twitter: @JessieFDavis
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