Among the many eye-openers from the Vincent-Klein review of internal Platte communications:
- The server suffered at least one hacking attempt from a Russia-based computer in 2013, and three from China-based PCs in 2014.
- When news broke of Clinton’s mass deletions of old e-mails, Platte execs worried about being implicated in what they believed was her “covering up some shaddy [shady] s - - t.” One even called it “Hillary’s coverup operation.”
- The IT folks later sought to “cover our asses.” On Aug. 19, 2015, Platte IT consultant Bill Thornton wrote colleagues: “Any chance you found an old e-mail with their directives to cut the backups back in Oct‐-Feb? . . . If we had that email, we are golden.”
- Thornton’s other damage-control idea: “Wondering how we can sneak an e-mail in now after the fact asking them when they told us to cut the backups and have them confirm it for our records.”