From the New York Post:
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.”
“Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that,” Schulman said.
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.
This is yet another “wake up call” for those who respond to government violations of the Fourth Amendment as “no big deal,” and with a naive retreat to, “Hey, if you’ve got nothing to hide, you have no worries.”
So, when the government attacks whistleblowers is it not thereby admitting that it has evil to hide? And if those in government act as criminals in cases like the one outlined in this story, are those really the kind of people you want with unlimited power?
Finally, if they can *delete* things from private accounts and computers, is it really hard to believe they could instead *plant* incriminating things on your computer–like child porn!?! Imagine trying to fight that kind of charge in the public eye, with the government rallying their bedfellows in the media against you.
America’s Founders knew what they were doing when they tied the Federal Government’s hands in so many ways, and we are consummate fools when we allow them out of their Constitutional chains.