Hillary’s IT Guy Asked Reddit For Help in 2014
Between their love for Bernie Sanders in the primaries and the success of The_Donald, Reddit has become a major player in the 2016 presidential race. Now the social networking site is once again in the headlines – this time because users discovered that the IT guy who deleted Hillary Clinton’s emails actually asked Reddit for help.
On July 24, 2014, a user named “stonetear” posted a question:
“Hello all – I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email…Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?”
Redditors quickly informed “stonetear” that Microsoft did not allow users to perform this kind of shady coverup. “It could result in major legal issues,” one user advised. “There may be ways to hack a solution, but I am not aware of any.”
A disappointed “stonetear” explained why he wanted to make the email address disappear.
“The issue is that these emails involve the private email address of someone you’d recognize, and we’re trying to replace it with a placeholder address as to not expose it,” he wrote.
While Reddit allows users to post semi-anonymously, “stonetear” left a trail of breadcrumbs that The_Donald users followed back to his gmail address and his personal website, both of which were registered under the name Paul Combetta. This also happens to be the name of the Platte River Networks IT specialist who deleted Hillary Clinton’s emails and received legal immunity from the Justice Department in exchange for his testimony.
After the posts were publicly revealed to be connected to Combetta, they began disappearing from the site.
“He’s actually deleting his comments in real time right here,” one Reddit user pointed out on Monday. Sure enough, Combetta was rapidly pruning his Reddit history in much the same way he once helped Hillary escape her electronic past. Fortunately, prepared Redditors had already saved the technician’s posts to a separate archival site.
Folks, we’re leaving all historical precedent behind. If we actually put this woman in the White House, it will prove that Americans are now willing to accept any level of corruption and deceit from our politicians. We’ve become so accustomed to the stereotype of a dirty Washington player that we’re not even fazed anymore by obvious, blatant criminality.
If we’re willing to accept Hillary Clinton this time around, what will we be willing to accept next?