RNC E-Mails as Top Secret?

Earlier, I linked to this Newsweek article today in which a data recovery expert was interviewed on the missing e-mails. The interview includes this q and a:

What would you do if you were pulled into this White House case?

If they were really doing their job, they would have to give access to forensic specialists. Those companies can go in and find that e-mail file and then sort through it using proprietary software and hardware. But the government is going to have to open their doors. Top secret stuff is on there, I'm sure, and they'd make it hard.

But, the RNC files are not top secret and those are the missing files now at issue, at least with respect to Karl Rove.

And, if there was anything "top secret," wouldn't that be an incredible breach of security for the information to reside outside secure government servers?

This may become a Catch-22 for Bush. Either the Administration was incredibly lax about top secret information or there was no top secret information.

Marcy (Empty Wheel) has some terrific posts up about the Rove-Hadley e-mail and Fiztgerald and the missing e-mails.

Also not to be missed, Glenn Greenwald. Jack Cafferty at CNN highlighted it -- Crooks and Liars has the video.

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    Secret isn't necessary (none / 0) (#1)
    by aztrias on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 08:49:34 PM EST
    Information about job performance, such as dicussing the US DA as was done via GOP email, is controlled information that has to be secured.  It's not "secret" but it is confidential and there are laws/regs about the management of that kind of data.  

    Saying this "lost" data is sensitive, let alone secret, makes the retrivial and assessment of the damage more urgent.

    Congress should get right on it (none / 0) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 11:19:37 PM EST
    Oh wait . . .

    I love Friday Night Blogging (none / 0) (#2)
    by magster on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 08:53:32 PM EST
    With the regular pattern of Friday afternoon news dumps by the Bush admin., Friday Night Blogging is soon going to replace Friday Night Lights.

    Either that, or I need to get a life.

    Heck (none / 0) (#3)
    by scarshapedstar on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 11:16:36 PM EST
    If there really is secret data on there, I'd say it's an urgent matter of national security that we find out what it is and how it got there!

    I'm sure any commenters whose only three issues are "national security, national security, and national security" would agree!

    Just more blowing of classified info (none / 0) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 11:19:03 PM EST
    by the worst Administration in history.

    It gets worse (none / 0) (#6)
    by Sailor on Sat Apr 14, 2007 at 11:29:48 AM EST
    "This story is really now a two-part issue," CREW's Melanie Sloan told CNN. "First there's the use of the RNC e-mail server that's inappropriate by White House officials and secondly we've also learned that there were between March of 2003 and October of 2005 apparently over 5 million e-mail that were not preserved and these are e-mail on the regular White House server."

    Perino stressed there's no indication the e-mails were intentionally lost, but she was careful not to dispute the outside group's allegations.