MDC spokesman Juan Mendieta said the allegations against Vargas were never reported to police because they comprised strictly a performance issue. In addition, Vargas only visited one site the university considered anti-government the one that included a link to the Anarchist Cookbook, Mendieta said.
There was no red flag, he sad. We dealt with this administratively and started the proceedings for termination and the individual resigned.
Of chief concern to Vargas supervisors was a file titled 1000 hacking tutorials, which, according to the university, included an Index to the Anarchist Cookbook IV, version 4.14. The Anarchist Cookbook is a bomb-making manual first published in 1971 during the Vietnam War.
It remains unclear why Vargas, in the wake of his visit to Castillos office Friday afternoon, set fire to the about $10,000 in cash.
The deposition had left him anxious, according to a relative who asked to remain anonymous. Vargas had complained to his mother about a subpoena related to his work, the relative said.
When he called 911, Vargas asked police to trace the license plate of a vehicle he said was following him. He also feared sorcery was being used against him.
Police say they suspect Vargas for some reason felt he might lose his money even though Castillo said the case was closed with Vargas apology.
No trial is going to take place in this case. Its investigative purpose has been achieved, Castillo said.
Later, he added: I am happy I was not at my office last Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Miami Herald researcher Monika K. Leal contributed to this report.