This is not a political blog. We cover technology. In an example of just how technology is tangled in our lives is the current presidential election. This year’s presidential election has been tied up and may hinge on something that we should all be aware of.
I have spoken about it, I have written about it, and I have taught classes on it. Over the past 20 years we have all become so comfortable with it that we often use it unwisely. Countless people have lost their job over it. This included General David Petraeus who in the November of 2012 was forced to resign as Director of the CIA. Although there were other behaviors that resulted in this resignation, General Petraeus’ email management played a role as well.
Of course we all use email, both at home and at work for many topics. Most will not get you in trouble. However it is easier then you may think to get in legal trouble.
Who Our Next President Is May Rest on Email Management
Now less then 2 weeks from the election for the presidency of the United States one of the candidates is answering questions about her email management and the conversations found.
The FBI has uncovered new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, prompting federal authorities to investigate them.
The FBI discovered the emails as part of an “unrelated case,” FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to a congressional committee that was later tweeted on Friday.
Comey said he agreed to allow the FBI to determine if the newly uncovered emails contain any classified information, “as well as to assess their importance” to its original investigation.
The FBI can’t say whether the emails are significant or how long the agency will take to probe them, he added.
On Friday, the FBI confirmed that a letter was sent out to members of Congress but declined to offer further comment.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, said on Twitter the FBI had essentially reopened its investigation into Clinton’s private email server use.
“She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information,” he said in a statement.
He’s asking the U.S. director of national intelligence to suspend all classified briefings with Clinton until the matter is resolved.
Clinton and her presidential campaign have yet to respond to the FBI’s new investigation.
In July, the FBI concluded that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her use of a private email server, but the agency didn’t recommend filing any charges against her.
The FBI said Clinton’s server faced ongoing cyber threats from possible hackers, including phishing email attacks and failed login attempts. However, the agency found no evidence confirming that the server was ever compromised.
The letter from FBI’s director didn’t mention how the newly uncovered emails were obtained or where they came from.
However, recently stolen emails from a Clinton aide have been published through WikiLeaks and include allegedly thousands of private messages between U.S. officials and her staff.
The Fate of a Nation
What happens in the next 2 weeks no one knows. The course of the the most powerful nation this world has ever seen may rest on…. email.