The Courts routinely subpoenae email messages, and people routinely use email to incriminate themselves.
I had supressed, until now, the urge to comment on the Karl Rove missing-email fiasco; however, it keeps getting juicier. The story, so far, goes like this...
- Critics say that the Rove staff used the Republican National Committee (RNC) email system to circumvent the record-keeping policies for messages sent through the White House email system.
- 5 million email messages are declared to be missing from the RNC email system.
- 500 of Rove staff email messages are discovered. Inadvertently, they were sent to the wrong email address. The recipient contacted investigative reporter Greg Palast. Palast contacted Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and others.
- Separately, NBC reported that
In January 2006, Rove's ability to use a "double delete function" was removed so he could no longer manually delete and then empty his delete file. ... Officials could not explain why or what prompted this.
Oh what a tangled email web we weave, When first we practice to deceive. (With apologies to Sir Walter Scott)