- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The chief executive of a San Diego-area cybersecurity firm has resigned after threatening on Facebook to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump.

“I’m going to kill the president. Elect,” PacketSled President and CEO Matt Harrigan wrote on election night on his now-deleted Facebook page, according to screenshots posted on Reddit.

When someone commented, “You just need to get high,” Mr. Harrigan responded, “Nope, getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the White House that suits you, [expletive]. I’ll find you.”

Mr. Harrigan later apologized on Twitter for using “poor judgment.”

“My humble apologies that a flawed joke has become public/out of context,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “My poor judgement [sic] does not represent the views of @packetsled… customers, investors or the officers of PacketSled, I have no malicious intention toward the #POTUS and apologize to all for my lack of judgement [sic] and offensive commentary. I wish you all well,” he added.

Mr. Harrigan’s resignation took effect immediately, according to a company statement issued Tuesday. PacketSled’s Chief Technology Officer, Fred Wilmot, will serve as interim CEO while the board of directors searches for a permanent replacement, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

“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.

In a statement Monday, the company said that it had “immediately reported” Mr. Harrigan’s comments to the Secret Service.

The U.S. Secret Service said it was aware of the situation, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

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