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Steve Wymer was fired from eBay for misconduct.

Last year, staff members who worked in “corporate security” at eBay set out to harass a husband-and-wife team who publish a newsletter that criticized the company. Things got ugly in a hurry.

The security staff sent them boxes of live cockroaches, a bloody Halloween mask, a funeral wreath and a book on how to survive the death of a spouse. They spied on the couple, had pizzas delivered to them in the middle of the night and tried to discredit them with neighbors. David Streitfeld, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, detailed these exploits in a long, colorful story last week.

When federal prosecutors charged six former eBay workers with cyberstalking and witness tampering, the arrests were reported widely and in great detail. Steve Wymer, eBay’s senior vice president, chief communications officer and board chair of eBay’s corporate foundation, was not charged with a crime, but the company says it fired him because of his role in the scandal. Published emails made clear that he encouraged the security team to intimidate newsletter publisher David Steiner and his wife, Ina.

“I want her DONE,” Wymer told eBay’s former senior director of safety and security. “She is a biased troll who needs to get BURNED DOWN.”

So why, for goodness sake, was Wymer hired last month as the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley?

You can read the rest of this story on Medium.

One thought on “Consequences

  1. Corporate gang stalking is atrocious, and should be punished more severely, but it isn’t. The “mastermind” of that, former police captain Philip Cooke, just got sentenced to 18 months in prison, with a $15,000 fine.

    And the Steiners are suing in civil court, under Civil RICO for damages. The civil lawsuit targets then-CEO Devin Wenig, and especially targeting the actions of then eBay communications director, Steve Wymer.

    That should be more interesting than the federal indictments.

    These gang stalkings are always current and former police, military and military trained intelligence agents and its a scourge across democracy.


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