History Repeats Itself

SO, those RNC emails that Karl Rove et all were sending each other about official business while staying off the radar of the official archives…. It seems that a bunch of them were accidentally deleted.

The White House said Wednesday it had mishandled Republican Party-sponsored e-mail accounts used by nearly two dozen presidential aides, resulting in the loss of an undetermined number of e-mails concerning official White House business.

[WH spokesman Scott] Stanzel said he could not speak to whether anyone was intentionally trying to avoid White House archiving because he had not spoken to all those involved.

Stanzel said some e-mails have been lost because the White House lacked clear policies on complying with Presidential Records Act requirements.

Before 2004, for instance, e-mails to and from the accounts were typically automatically deleted every 30 days along with all other RNC e-mails. Even though that was changed in 2004, so that the White House staffers with those accounts were excluded from the RNC's automatic deletion policy, some of their e-mails were lost anyway when individual aides deleted their own files, Stanzel said.

He could not say what had been lost, and said the White House is working to recover as many as they can. The White House has now shut off employees' ability to delete e-mails on the separate accounts, and is briefing staffers on how to better make determinations about when — and when not — to use them, Stanzel said.

Watergate anyone?

History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

I take it this is the first time?

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4 Responses to History Repeats Itself

  1. Brautigan says:

    I’ve been expecting this.

    Was wondering, though, about posting at /. for someone who might have logs for any servers through which the RNC accounts may have passed.

  2. molly bloom says:

    Rosemary Woods 2007.

    Perfect Doonesbury strip you found BTW.

  3. Emily says:

    I can hardly wait until somebody blames the deletions on a sinister force.

  4. Sue Ann says:

    What no secretary who accidentally held down the delete key? I mean the Nixon tapes were harder to explain away than this, and people accepted it. So why not just blame the poor office assistant once again?

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