If it was Kramer that’s some three dimensional chess there. No reasonable person would ever expect parliament to dispatch the sergeant-at-arms to drag them to parliament and force them to give over documents on pain of prison. On top of that, the threat of fine or prison doesn’t get Kramer out of any of the legal trouble for handing over the documents. The California judge who put the records under seal may consider the circumstances when they decide how to react, but just as the UK didn’t show any deference at all to US law when they did this, the US judge may show absolutely no deference to UK law.
This was not a good spot to be in, and I’d find it weird Kramer put himself in it.
This actually makes me think a bit of another post this morning:
Civil servants working for the committee investigating facebook could easily be looking at lawsuits against facebook, could have identified Kramer as someone who would have dirt, could have found out about the planned trip to the UK by looking at his Facebook page (wouldn’t that be ironic).
As for Kramer having the documents on his laptop, I think that’s just a better-than-even bet.
I saw “CEO” next to Kramer’s name. I assume CEOs knows better than the people who would tell them they should know better.