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"So what's my view on this interview in Fortune — in which one of Sun's business partners claims the open source community is trampling their patent portfolio? You would be wise to listen to the customers you're threatening to sue — they can leave you, especially if you give them motivation. Remember, they wouldn't be motivated unless your products were somehow missing the mark.
Comey eventually went to the White House, accompanied by Solicitor General Ted Olsen. The two sides could not agree about the domestic-surveillance program. The rules required the attorney general to sign off on it at regular intervals, but Comey would not. So the next morning, the White House authorized the program without the Justice Department. Comey drafted a resignation letter.
"I couldn't stay if the administration was going to engage in conduct that the Department of Justice has said had no legal basis," Comey said."