John Theriault—vicepresident of Apple's Gestapoarian Global Security services—has "stepped down." Theriault was under the command of Bruce Sewell, who is Apple's General Counsel Senior Vicepresident. Sewell used to report directly to Steve Jobs.
Apple and Viagra seem like two brands least likely to share a common bond, but in fact, both have employed the services of, as the New Yorker's Evan Osnos puts it, "the Seal Team Six of global manufacturing."
Turns out, Apple's veil of secrecy applies internally, as well. Former engineer Edward Eigerman spoke with Bloomberg News this morning about the atmosphere at the company before a major product launch—turns out, it's not all wine and roses.
The "Apple Gestapo" may be ruthless about hunting down leaks, but they don't shake down every employee with access to sensitive information. As one former Apple Marketing Manager describes, some employees are instructed to engage in "controlled leaks."
They call themselves the Worldwide Loyalty Team. Among some employees, they are known as the Apple Gestapo, a group of moles always spying in headquarters and stores, reporting directly to Jobs and Oppenheimer. Here's how they hunt people down.