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  • Showdown. This morning at 8:10 AM my boss and human resources confronted the saboteur with the evidence I had gathered in secret.
    He broke down and confessed.
    Immediately, he was asked to hand over his access card/ID and he was escorted off the premises.
    My workplace is considering legal consequences, but this has not been decided upon yet.

    It looks like this has been going on for a long time, probably since 2010.
    Not all of what has happened has been solved.
    For example, the perpetrator denied having destroyed my computer a year ago. The plastic holding the keys in place had been corroded by a strong acid. But there was only a minor leak in the insulation below and I was lucky that the motherboard had remained intact.

    And there have been many more incidents.
    Thinking back, there are so many inexplicable things that suddenly now make sense.

    And this... person... had been spreading evil rumors about me. He had told our work colleagues that I had a split-personality and that they should be careful about me, for example.
    Whereas he was the one always appearing friendly, while showing up every morning around 6:20 AM (workdays) or 7:20 AM (weekends), like a clockwork, seven days a week, to check on where I do my work and store my things and to mess with anything newly present.

    After making it public, my boss officially apologized to me. For having misjudged my work proficiency. You see, I was to leave by the end of the summer. And it was made clear to me that I would get an abysmal recommendation letter. For not being able to produce good quality and quantity of work.

    I can't bear to think of all that has been destroyed and lost irrevocably. Of all the harm that has been done to the whole team and to our profession, which is to a large extent based on mutual trust. Of the taxpayer money that was wasted. Of where I could have taken my work. Of all the things I missed out learning. Of all the hours I've spent hunting ghosts, trying to troubleshoot things that should have worked but didn't. Of all the moments when I was torturing myself with self-doubt and despair.

    It was so close. Me giving up, or leaving in disgrace; and him, the boss' favorite, remaining the esteemed and well-liked personified success.

    But I'm glad it's over now. I hope it is.
    I'm still a bit concerned about my personal safety. Because, if you were like him faced with the possibility of loosing almost everything: your job, your qualifications, your reputation, possibly your spouse if she learns about what you have done - cornered, how would you react?

    And the one question remains: why?
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