Remember the employee who was fired for leakingGoogle’s company-wide salary increase and $1000 bonus? Circumstantial evidence identifies him as Randy Wigginton, a former Apple engineer.
Various signs point to Wigginton as the one held responsible by Google for the leak: the engineer’s LinkedIn account states that his employment with Google ended during November 2010. A Wikipedia user who also used to work for Apple and Google edited Wigginton’s biography, indicating his employment with the latter company in the past tense. At least one source even indicates that within Google, it is “widely believed” that Wigginton was the terminated employee.
While Google did not comment on the highly-publicized termination, another source revealed the reasons behind it. Because the $1000 bonus was paid in cash, the company was worried that the leak would expose its employees to muggers. “The leaker directly disobeyed repeated and very explicit instructions from the top, not to leak this bonus news prematurely before evening when all workers were home safe” said the source.
As Apple employee #6, Wigginton was involved with early software development efforts, and wrote the software controller for the company’s first disk drive. When Gawker emailed Steve Wozniak for comment, the Apple co-founder had this to say: “Google is a proponent of 'open' source? This is minor enough that a wrist slap would be more appropriate.”