So let's get this straight. If I pass around a sexually explicit photo at my job, I will get fired for sexual harassment, and creating a hostile work environment. But if I worked for the NSA.. .then all is well, right? Where do I sign up for this job?
I would not read too much into that, it is fairly common to "re-allocate" blame for having to say no to an offer (that is, to make it look like you were told no, even if you did not actually approach the "rules folks").
Not saying that is what happened here (I have no evidence either way), but I have seen similar tactics used repeatedly in business to save face, without breaking the rules.
This is true. A former boss was in China as the country CIO over there and even though bribery is the de facto way of doing business, it is still against the US law. The US cracked down on several US based comapnies that were doing this, and my ex-boss was fired and told to leave China within 48 hours. He did, but the company that fired him re-hired him after a few years, I suspect a late thanks for taking the heat for violating a corporate policy that is the way things are done in China.
Comment 1: What if a story happens, where one person is vilified, and another person is praised? Why should the right of the vilified person rule over the praised person to have the story removed?