This article says Clint Dyer is responsible for sneaking out that Proto archive that drx released sometime back. The article also talks about the origins of Sonic Crackers. Apparently a guy mass copied them onto spare eeprom boards before he left Sega and thought they would sell cause of name recognition. It's not a true prototype as in they were used for testing. Kinda a repro but not really since it used official dev boards.
Clint Dyer apparently was in the special thanks section of Knuckles Chaotix credits.