SAN DIEGO (CBS) — The chief executive officer of a cybersecurity firm in San Diego has resigned after threatening on social media that he was going to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Matt Harrigan, the former CEO of PacketSled, a company he founded in 2013, wrote the comments on Facebook on Election Night.READ MORE: Jefferson Hospital Nurse Who Ended Up Patient After Blister On Foot Gets Infected Honored During National Nurses Week
“I’m going to kill the president. Elect,” Harrigan said in one post that went viral on Reddit.
Another read, “Nope, getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the whitehouse that suits you motherf*****. I’ll find you.”
The company said in a statement they reported Harrigan’s comments to the Secret Service and that they accepted his resignation.
“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,” the company said.
Harrigan tweeted that the Facebook posts were meant as a joke.
“My humble apologies that a flawed joke has become public/out of context. My poor judgement does not represent the views of (at)PacketSled, customers, investors or the officers of (at)PacketSled. I have no malicious intention towards the (hashtag)POTUS, and apologize to all for my lack of judgement and offensive commentary. I wish you all well,” Harrigan said in a series of tweets.READ MORE: Philadelphia City Council Working To Close Loophole To Get Illegal Dirt Bikes, ATVs Off Streets For Good
The Secret Service told the Union-Tribune they are aware of Harrigan’s comments.