Here’s a wake-up call for anyone who hasn’t heard that technology can do things a heck of a lot quicker than humans shuffling paper.
Like this chap…
Firstly, it’s simply not 650,000 Hillary Clinton emails that need to looked at.
The emails belonged to avid sexter Anthony Weiner. That means the vast majority of them were unlikely to have anything connected to Hillary Clinton or even Weiner’s (now estranged) wife Huma Abedin.
How do you find the emails of interest? Simple – just use some simple email filters, as Robert Graham explains:
The point is is this. Computer geeks have tools that make searching the emails extremely easy. Given those emails, and a list of known email accounts from Hillary and associates, and a list of other search terms, it would take me only a few hours to do reduce the workload from 650,000 emails to only a couple hundred, which a single person can read in less than a day.
The question isn’t whether the FBI could review all those emails in 8 days, but why the FBI couldn’t have reviewed them all in one or two days. Or even why they couldn’t have reviewed them before Comey made that horrendous announcement that they were reviewing the emails.
The numbers can be reduced even further when you remove messages that you have already examined in earlier stages of the investigation.
Frankly, I’m not convinced of the IT savviness of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (whose use of a personal email server was clearly ill-advised).
Let’s hope that whoever gets the top job gets some sensible advice on computer security, and the media doesn’t perpetuate the myth that for the FBI to have completed its hunt through the Weiner email archive is impossible.