Did IT Specialist Ask the Internet How To Delete Hillary's Emails?
Internet users on the popular website Reddit believe they have found damning new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
They allege that Reddit posts - including one seeking advice on how to "strip out a VERY VIP email address" from archived messages - were actually from an an IT specialist employed by Clinton.
An example of comments deleted by Hillary Clinton's IT consultant posting as 'stonetear' https://t.co/4YYlBcyMYM
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 20, 2016
Paul Combetta, who asserted the Fifth Amendment at a House hearing last week, worked for Platte River Networks, the company that maintained Clinton's private email server.
Combetta is believed to be the employee who deleted Clinton's emails with the program BleachBit.
Redditors allege Combetta posted to the site under the username "stonetear" around the same time that Clinton was first contacted by the State Department about her private server.
Here is one of Combetta's alleged posts from July 2014:
Hello all - I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out.
I am not sure if something like this is possible with PowerShell, or exporting all of the emails to MSG and doing find/replaces with a batch processing program of some sort.
Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?
The House Oversight committee is reviewing the Reddit post, which came right after the House Benghazi committee reached an agreement with the State Department on producing records from Secretary Clinton.
A second post from Dec. 2014 asked about purging emails older than 60 days.
The Reddit posts by "stonetear" were eventually deleted, but they were archived. An Etsy profile for a person named Paul Combetta also reportedly uses the name "stonetear."
— Sci,Space,&Tech Cmte (@HouseScience) September 20, 2016
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter on Monday requesting transcripts of the FBI's interviews with Platte River Networks employees, including Combetta.
Smith wrote that the Reddit allegations raise questions as to whether the company purposefully defied legal document retention requirements, and if the FBI was aware of this possibility during the interviews.
“I am concerned that Mr. Combetta may have made an attempt to delete relevant posts, including the post mentioned above, from his reddit.com username just hours after reports initially surfaced on September 19, 2016, about his request for assistance on deleting email addresses from archived emails," the letter states. "This raises significant concerns that materials directly related to the Committee’s investigation and responsive to its outstanding requests are being actively destroyed in an attempt to conceal relevant information from coming to light."
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