PETA later sued the city of Pasadena over records related to the incident. "When PETA sued them [the city], and they [SeaWorld] knew that this was going to come out, they tried to tie up their loose ends and fired Fred Jacobs to make sure people couldn't get access to him," the source said.
Jacobs departed the company suddenly last December after 25 years. At the time, SeaWorld said he resigned but no reason was given for the departure.
"He is the one who gave the directives to put the moles into PETA and other animal activist groups," the source said. "Only one [spy] got caught, but there was more than one."
"We are focused on the safety of our team members, guests and animals, and beyond that we do not comment on our security operations," Jacobs said in a statement when news of the spy broke in July, before his departure. "This is a responsibility that we take very seriously, especially as animal rights groups have become increasingly extreme in their rhetoric and tactics."
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