" 164.045 Theft in the second degree. (1) A person commits the crime of theft in the second degree if:
(a) By means other than extortion, the person commits theft as defined in ORS 164.015; and
(b) The total value of the property in a single or aggregate transaction is $100 or more and less than $1,000.
(2) Theft in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor."
and Theft by Extortion is defined as:
"164.075 Theft by extortion. (1) A person commits theft by extortion when the person compels or induces another to deliver property to the person or to a third person by instilling in the other a fear that, if the property is not so delivered, the actor or a third person will in the future:
The thrust of my point here is that you appear to have hyperbolized the situation [as do many others], especially when one considers there is certainly an argument as to whether this is a theft at all [legally depending on intent.] As to the Gizmodo activities being unsavory? I would be hard pressed to disagree. In the end, this is Apple's dance and they can ask [or not] whomever they wish.