Saturday, March 22, 2008

Blame the Dog

The White House says they threw out the computer hard drives that contained subpoenaed e-mails.

Older White House computer hard drives have been destroyed, the White House disclosed to a federal court Friday in a controversy over millions of possibly missing e-mails from 2003 to 2005.

The White House revealed new information about how it handles its computers in an effort to persuade a federal magistrate it would be fruitless to undertake an e-mail recovery plan that the court proposed.

“When workstations are at the end of their lifecycle and retired … the hard drives are generally sent offsite to another government entity for physical destruction,” the White House said in a sworn declaration filed with U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola.

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The White House says it does not know if any e-mails are missing, but is looking into the matter.

Update: Barney ate them.