At this point, our readers should be intimately familiar with the timeline leading up to the “Oh Shit” moment when the Platte River Networks employee, Paul Combetta, deleted Hillary’s emails despite later admitting to the FBI that he “was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton’s e-mail data on the PRN server” (if not, see “The “Oh Shit” Moment: Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena“). Once Combetta was summoned to testify in front of Congress, we also learned that the FBI had granted Combetta an immunity deal (see “The “Oh Shit” Guy That Wiped Hillary’s Server With BleachBit Was Just Granted Immunity“).
Well, the plot just continues to thicken around the “Oh Shit” guy as a political researcher just posted the following tweet that exposes a Reddit thread from July 2014 in which Combetta sought tech advice on how to “strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived emails.”
— Katica (@GOPPollAnalyst) September 19, 2016
The full thread initiated by Combetta can be viewed here, but below are a couple of the key exchanges.
Combetta started the thread on July 24, 2014 with the following question seeking technical advice on how to “strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email[s].” “Ironically,” the day before the Reddit thread appeared, the Benghazi Committee reached an agreement with the State Department on the production of email and other records related to their investigation.
Combetta was quickly admonished by a user named “borismkv” that “you can’t change them” because it was illegal and “could result in major legal issues.” That, however, didn’t seem to deter the ambitious Combetta who continued to press “borismkv” for ways around the legal issues.
So, now we have evidence of the Hillary campaign and Platte River Networks conspiring in July 2014 (the day after the Benghazi Committee reached an agreement with the State Department on the production of email records and a full 5 months before Hillary finally delivered all of her emails) to “strip out emails” in an obvious attempt to thwart efforts to collect federal records.
Could someone within the FBI please explain how this does not constitute “intent”?
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