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The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned.
The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed.
“They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”


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The e-mails included evidence about misconduct by top officials at the department, communications with other potential whistleblowers there, and correspondence with members of Congress who are investigating the allegations, Schulman said.
They also include correspondence between Higbie and Schulman about legal strategy, the lawyer said.
Schulman said he could not provide details about the evidence deleted with the e-mails.
Higbie has asked the FBI in Dallas, where he lives, to investigate the hacking, which occurred this month.


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Higbie played a key role in helping fellow whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator for the department’s inspector general, reveal in June a pattern of alleged coverups by top department officials.
The alleged coverups included keeping quiet separate IG investigations that found that members of then-Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s security detail had engaged hookers and that the Belgian ambassador had solicited underage prostitutes.
These were among a string of investigations by the service, responsible for protecting dignitaries and investigating crimes within the department, that were allegedly derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.
Since the revelations in June, the department again mostly swept the cases under the rug.
Higbie, a senior criminal investigator and the second-highest-ranking agent with the service’s Dallas office, also has an employment lawsuit against the department, alleging it retaliated against him.
The hacking of Higbie’s e-mail follows a mysterious break-in at Schulman’s Dallas law firm in July, shortly after the whistleblower allegations came to light.
The burglar sawed a hole through the wall from an adjoining office and stole three computers, but left behind other valuables.
Although cops arrested a petty thief for the crime, Schulman said, “We feel like we’re in a movie. It’s nuts. It makes us wonder . . . . maybe we’ve got something we don’t even realize or maybe they’re worried about something.”




Meauxjeaux
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He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”


Was probably Google themselves.

Take that shite to the bank. biggest "in-cahoots" business out there... save for maybe Apple.


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Homesick Tiger
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Just wondering Bug, is there not a print button on his computer to make a hard copy of the emails you reckon? I know if I was fixing to toot the whistle I'd damn sure have a paper copy of what I was wanting to reveal. Are these computer junkies that stupid as not to make a copy? Jeez.


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Transparency, bitches.


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BugAC
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I know if I was fixing to toot the whistle I'd damn sure have a paper copy of what I was wanting to reveal. Are these computer junkies that stupid as not to make a copy?


Are you somehow defending the hackers? If it was me, common sense would tell me to print all this shite out. I was just posting the story to see how many come to the defense of the state department in regards to this. I almost posted a disclaimer at the bottom, but didn't want to spoil the fun.


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Are these computer junkies that stupid as not to make a copy?


Pretty easy to do if you have an email client on your PC. They're available as freeware. Mine is set up to download from the email server, then delete the copy on the server.


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Homesick Tiger
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Are you somehow defending the hackers?


Heavens no. Maybe I misread something. I was wondering why the whistleblower didn't have paper copies in his possession just in case the emails he wanted to reveal were deleted.


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son of arlo
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If it was me, common sense would tell me to print all this shite out.


An electronic copy on your personal box is more authentic than a printed one. You could make up anything in MS Word and print it out. Those email files on your box are in binary, and are pretty difficult to modify.


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Nothing to see here.

Move along people.


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Meauxjeaux
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An electronic copy on your personal box is more authentic than a printed one. You could make up anything in MS Word and print it out. Those email files on your box are in binary, and are pretty difficult to modify.


Very true.

But in reality, in order to truly scrub emails from the e-world it gets a whole lot harder.

Gotta scrub both sides of the email - sender and receiver - plus a ton of intermediate log traffic and backups that are left along the path the email traveled from sender to receiver.

If someone wants to prove it was actually sent as shown on the "paper" email, it can be done.


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his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed


This guy again?

This is the same guy who was inferring that someone sent crackheads to steal computers in his office. There was nothing to that.


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I almost posted a disclaimer at the bottom, but didn't want to spoil the fun.


Some people didn't get "it"


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BugAC
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Decatur


I'm sure, that if there is something to this, that you will come right along in this thread and apologize, and condemn the state department for what they did, right?

After all, it's not like you'd put the party above the law.

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idlewatcher
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If someone wants to prove it was actually sent as shown on the "paper" email, it can be done.


That would be the least important issue IMO. The investigators would be able to correlate the info if it were on a server or a printed copy - doesn't matter.

Just b/c it was on a server makes the information more legitimate? I wouldn't thinks so.


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mauser
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Could there possibly be anybody surprised that this happened?


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