This is an interesting case where a DuPont employee stole trade secrets prior to retirement. It is often the young, brash employee who is the scapegoat. I speak from personal experience, that in the Midwest, large, old corporations distrust vendors, contractors and new employees, and tend to overlook the risk that comes from the long-time “trusted and loyal” employee. There is even a stigma if you have been at a company a long time, and leave before retirement. However, until recently, many companies continued to provide email and corporate services, and even let retirees keep their laptop, because of their retiree status. Shows that good feelings don’t amount to much, when competitors are willing to pay big bucks for your secrets. Everyone is a potential leak.