No! I didn't change the scope... you brought up how Alonso wasn't clean. I was merely pointing out that Alonso isn't a manufacturer, but a mere racing driver, who had a lot at stake around the end of '07. His release by McLaren was tied in with a NDA, and most of us in his position would've done the same. Between McLaren and Alonso, it is not hard to see who gains more with a gag on the other.
I don't know if you keep up on personnel changes, but McLaren has the worst track record when it comes to releasing star employees. They usually grovel to get an early release from other teams, but rarely return the favour. A case in point was one chap leaving to join Caterham, who was asked to go on gardening leave till his contract was over proper. Would you have taken a kinder view on Alonso's plight, if that were to be the outcome for him? Also, what does it help Alonso? In that a racing driver's career is rather short, and could you justify such stupid risk taking against a company, which is rather hard nosed about releasing employees earlier?
Let me say it once again for what it is worth... no matter how good we are at what we do, at no point in time we had as much to lose as Alonso did. In that light it is unreasonable to expect him to take a moral highground which may ultimately jeopardise his career. Also, most people respond to things differently. It doesn't mean choices made by others are wrong or less than perfect (which they very well may be, but it is immaterial), it is in essence different. I think people and media were, and some still are too harsh on him and his actions. For the English speaking media, it was easy to do as Alonso is Spanish, and Ron and his McLaren are British. I can tell you that a lot of McLaren fans have difficulty even today, to look past '07 when it comes to Alonso.
Last, but certainly not the least is a quote from Martin from some time ago, "we could have handled Alonso better." Again, don't you think it would be something that McLaren would want him to keep quiet about.
Your original post stated the following.
What did Alonso do in '07? McLaren made him sign a NDA to prevent him from speaking about it, even just to defend himself. Now that smells like a rotten business to me. Why silence someone if you're innocent? It just doesn't add up. We have Ron, WMSC, FIA and McLaren's version, but not Alonso's. What is worrying is no one in media seems to ask this question aloud.
This is the point I was answering.
We know what Alonso did because it's on record from the WMSC hearing regarding the whole Spygate matter. Prior to the signing of the NDA at the end of the season he had ample time to come out and give his version of events if it differed, but he didn't. Briatore, who is most certainly firmly in the Alonso camp, has also confirmed the accepted version of events.
It's standard practice in the termination of most F1 contracts that engineers are required to wait a year before joining another team or at least wait out the period of their contract. This is to protect the information regarding car development. Now if McLaren's NDA with Alonso related to the car and development, that's different, but then that's a standard NDA and my understanding was that we were talking about this NDA in reference to Spygate and your perspective that it was necessary for him to sign one to get out of his McLaren contract.
Which I disgaree with, as explained.
Moreover, I think that the NDA was mutually beneficial to both parties and did not necessarily benefit McLaren more than Alonso. Alonso, based on the aforementioned information, got up to some very naughty things while he was at McLaren and I can see it being to his benefit to keep that dirty laundry from being aired as well. I don't think anybody associated with that mess wants it rehashed over and over again in the press. And beyond even that, if Alonso was completely innocent in the whole matter and had been falsely identified as having attempted to blackmail his boss, it was to his benefit to put forward his side of the story at some point. His reputation suffered quite a lot from that and if rectification was possible I'm sure Briatore would have been onto it.