Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The email "trick" used by the two West Point geniuses


CIA Director David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, a former military intelligence officer and his biographer, adopted a well-worn online trick, in an apparent attempt to keep their communications secret.

They wrote their “intimate messages” as draft e-mails in a shared Gmail account, according to the AP, allowing them to see one anothers’ messages while leaving a much fainter data trail. When messages are sent and received, both accounts record the transmission as well as such metadata as the IP addresses on either end, something the two seemed to be seeking to avoid.
Petraeus and Broadwell apparently used a trick, known to terrorists and teen-agers alike, to conceal their email traffic, one of the law enforcement officials said.

Rather than transmitting emails to the other’s inbox, they composed at least some messages and instead of transmitting them, left them in a draft folder or in an electronic “dropbox,” the official said.

Then the other person could log onto the same account and read the draft emails there. This avoids creating an email trail that is easier to trace. 

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Of course, as one commenter pointed out:

I guess they didn't notice that link at the bottom of gmail, that tracks (for your own safety) the last 10 or so IPs that log into an account. *eyeroll*

I'll just add ... is this really the guy who heads up the gd CIA?  I mean, the CIA? The super secret spookage?  Oh for crying out loud.

Hey, I know, after we're done purging West Point generals for getting some nookie on the side, let's replace them with the likes of John Kerry ... you know ... cuz I NEVER get tired of looking at his dumbass, ugly, traitorous, communist "Democratic" mug.

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