"There were a number of red flags relating to this individual," Lindsay Rajt, spokesperson for PETA, told The Dodo at the time. "Any genuine animal advocate is not on social media saying things like, 'Burn SeaWorld to the ground and drain the tanks.'"
"These allegations, if true, are not consistent with the values of the SeaWorld organization and will not be tolerated," SeaWorld said at the time.
In Thursday's statement, SeaWorld will confirm the spy program, and announce that McCombe, who had been placed on administrative leave, remains an employee of SeaWorld and has returned to work in a different department.
It also says that the issue has been dealt with internally.
In December, SeaWorld quietly fired Fred Jacobs, their vice president of corporate communications, after 25 years with the company. It's unclear if his removal was related to the spying incident.
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