Charles F. Johnson was served with divorce papers years ago, and those papers likely included a “Non-Disclosure Agreement” It’s a binding contract, where both parties agree to shut up about whatever they agree to shut up about for whatever reasons, even if it has to do with pissing in plastic soda bottles that once contained Mountain Dew. It’s nobody’s business except for the two parties involved, and it’s perfectly legal.
It’s also perfectly legal for anyone to settle lawsuits and disputed debts, whether or not that person is thinking of / or running for office, as long as the money is transferred from private accounts and not from campaign financing. This is common law, but Charles Johnson, self-anointed federal judge, claims it’s illegal. It’s not.
Charles, you signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Atari, yeah? What would have happened had you violated that binding agreement by releasing platform code? Probably nothing since Atari went blooey once you showed up. Awesome work, Charles.