If you have "no place to go," come here! Today: RNC Shit Nears Fan

It's still only in, not the dead-tree verson yet, but it's progress.

Long version is here. Short version--from The Invaluable Froomkin of course, starts thusly:

" * The number of White House officials given RNC [Republican National Committee] e-mail accounts is higher than previously disclosed. In March 2007, White House spokesperson Dana Perino said that only a 'handful of officials' had RNC e-mail accounts. In later statements, her estimate rose to '50 over the course of the administration.' In fact, the Committee has learned from the RNC that at least 88 White House officials had RNC e-mail accounts. The officials with RNC e-mail accounts include Karl Rove, the President's senior advisor; Andrew Card, the former White House Chief of Staff; Ken Mehlman, the former White House Director of Political Affairs; and many other officials in the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Communications, and the Office of the Vice President.

" * White House officials made extensive use of their RNC e-mail accounts.

The RNC has preserved 140,216 e-mails sent or received by Karl Rove. Over half of these e-mails (75,374) were sent to or received from individuals using official '.gov' e-mail accounts. Other heavy users of RNC e-mail accounts include former White House Director of Political Affairs Sara Taylor (66,018 e-mails) and Deputy Director of Political Affairs Scott Jennings (35,198 e-mails). These e-mail accounts were used by White House officials for official purposes, such as communicating with federal agencies about federal appointments and policies.

" * There has been extensive destruction of the e-mails of White House officials by the RNC....

There's more, go give Froom a hit and read the rest. It's down under his also-excellent cross-sourced reporting on the Hersh Abu Graib revoltin' developments, so you want to read that too.

I will endeavor to track down links to our previous "" stories, especially that terrific chart the guy from GMU put together, but gotta run right now.

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Submitted by lambert on


Karl Rove and dozens of other White House staffers appear to have illegally routed official e-mails through a Republican group that subsequently deleted them, a congressional report said on Monday.

As we now know: The Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy. I mean, what else do you call it?

While the White House automatically archives its e-mail the RNC typically deletes messages on its server older than 30 days, the report said.

Which is just amazing to me. Can somebody else name a major corporation, say, that has such a policy? You have to think that this policy is why Rove and his friends used the RNC; it's as if, where corporations have "knowledge management," the RNC has "need not to know" management.

The committee said it will investigate Gonzales' role further and search federal agencies for copies of the missing e-mails. It also said it plans to subpoena Bush's 2004 re-election campaign for additional e-mails because the campaign has not cooperated.

Er, why not subpoena the server companies, Smarttech and Coptix?

No authoritarians were tortured in the writing of this post.

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Submitted by intranets on

Should read:

White House staffers appear to have illegally routed official [gov't] e-mails [required to meet the PRA strandards] [some of which may have been classified] through a Republican group [insecure server] that subsequently deleted them [and claim to have no backup or logs]

I would also add that the emails bounced around the internet and passed through many private servers, starting with Smartech in TN and whatever filtering they do to the mail, then stored and forwarded to RNC servers (managed by whom?) in DC and some may have been forwarded to Blackberry and other wireless devices with little or no encyption and broadcast over the airways in DC. (Again, we KNOW for a fact Rove has 'leaked' classified information)

Where is the security breach. Ok, I see "Scooter" has already taken the fall for the Plame leak, but really, this is illegal to be communicating classified documents and email this way. Where is the jail time?