SEATTLE – A former FBI agent who has said he believes Amanda Knox is innocent has been fired from his current job.
Steve Moore, who lives in Los Angeles, says he was fired as deputy director of Public Safety at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Moore says his supervisors were concerned that he was endangering students in Pepperdine's Florence, Italy program.
"In the past few days, Pepperdine University demanded that I cease all advocacy for Amanda Knox. They stated that they were concerned with possible backlash against Pepperdine, and '…creating a conflict of commitment and interest with the University…,'" wrote Moore in an e-mail to KING 5 News.
Knox, a former University of Washington exchange student, was convicted last year of the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.
Moore, who said he initially believed Knox was guilty, now says he believes Knox was bullied into a confession by Italian police.
"I did not, and do not believe that attempting to obtain justice for an international programs college student wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to decades in prison in a foreign country is inconsistent with the goals and aims of a university committed to international study, such as Pepperdine. Not do I believe I have the right to cease advocacy on this case," wrote Moore.
"The next day, Pepperdine asked for my resignation, in return for a cash payment and a promise to "… keep Pepperdine University and the members of its community out of all media or public attention in any way related to the Amanda Knox case." I refused this offer, and was summarily terminated," Moore wrote.