08 Oct

All of Hillary Clinton’s emails ended up in the Cloud


This is why you don’t use private server farms to store sensitive government data.

A Connecticut company, which backed up Hillary Clinton‘s emails at the request of a Colorado firm, apparently surprised her aides by storing the emails on a “cloud” storage system designed to optimize data recovery.

The firm, Datto Inc., said Wednesday that it turned over the contents of its storage to the FBI on Tuesday.

In press reports about the FBI’s investigation, it was unclear how much of the data they’d been able to recover from the original server. If there was anything they failed to get, though, they have it now. More about why maybe it was a better idea for Clinton not to hire a bunch of hacks to handle her data:

Datto and Platte River seemed at odds, however, over how Clinton’s emails wound up on Datto’s cloud storage, which may have resulted from a misunderstanding.

Platte River spokesman Andy Boian said the firm bought a device from Datto that constantly snaps images of a server’s contents and connected it to the Clinton server at a New Jersey data storage facility. Platte River never asked Datto to beam the images to an off-site cloud storage node and never was billed for that service, he said. Company officials were bewildered when they learned of the cloud storage, he said.

“We said, ‘You have a cloud? You were told not to have a cloud.’ We never received an invoice for any cloud for the Clintons.’”

The source familiar with Datto’s account, however, said Platte River was billed for “private cloud” storage, which requires a cloud storage node. Because Platte River lacks one, the source said, the data bounced to Datto’s off-site cloud storage. The source said that senior Platte River officials may not have realized it, but company technicians “were managing the off-site storage throughout.”

McClatchy also reports that Clinton tried to get Platte River to, as they put it, “reduce the amount of emails it was backing up.” Personally I’d call that destroying evidence myself, and someone at Platte agreed:

In laying out facts gathered by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which he chairs, Wisconsin Sen. Johnson offered the first public confirmation that Clinton or her representatives had arranged for a backup of her email server after she left office in early 2013.

His letter also cited internal emails recounting requests in late 2014 and early 2015 from Clinton representatives for Platte River Networks to direct Datto to reduce the amount of her emails it was backing up. These communications led a Platte River employee to air suspicions that “this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy (sic) shit,” according to an excerpt of an email cited by Johnson.

Platte River’s spokesman disputed this:

Boian said, however, that Platte River was asked to limit email retention to 30 days as soon as it was hired — a directive that never changed.

However, this is belied by Platte River’s private correspondence:

Despite Boian’s statement that Platte River set up a 30-day revolving retention policy for Clinton’s emails, Johnson’s letter noted that Platte River employees were directed to reduce the amount of email data being stored with each backup. Late this summer, Johnson wrote, a Platte River employee took note of this change and inquired whether the company could search its archives for an email from Clinton Executive Service Corp. directing such a reduction in October or November 2014 and then again around February, advising Platte River to save only emails sent during the most recent 30 days.

Those reductions would have occurred after the State Department requested that Clinton turn over her emails.

It was here that a Platte River employee voiced suspicions about a cover-up and sought to protect the company. “If we have it in writing that they told us to cut the backups,” the employee wrote, “and that we can go public with our statement saying we have had backups since day one, then we were told to trim to 30 days, it would make us look a WHOLE LOT better,” according to the email cited by Johnson.

Platte River, it seems, decided not to go with the CYA and decided to CCA instead.

To sum up:
-All 60,000 of Clinton’s emails were out there in the Cloud, and almost certainly ended up in the hands of hackers, and probably foreign governments.
-Clinton’s camp tried to destroy all the external copies of her emails that they could after the State Department contacted them requesting records. They didn’t know the emails had already left Platte, however.
-Despite all the crowing that McCarthy’s gaffe had ended this scandal, the media is still reporting on it and still finding new bombshells.

08 Oct

After Years of Backroom Secrecy, Public Will Finally Get to See Full TPP Text

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After Years of Backroom Secrecy, Public Will Finally Get to See Full TPP Text

Legislative clock starts ticking as Obama administration prepares to release text of pro-corporate trade deal

by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The McGlynn: Big business will bankroll yet another enormous public relations campaign to push this agreement through, and as the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets blog reported this week, “Over eight years of negotiations, 487 clients paid lobbyists to meet with or contact lawmakers and administration officials to discuss the trade pact… Clients who reported lobbying on TPP accounted for nearly thirty percent of all lobby spending.”

But, as always, the best way to fight organized money is with organized people.

The full trade deal will be open for anyone to review for 60 days, allowing interest groups to provide feedback. This window will provide critical insight into how much popular support the deal may receive. A poor reception during the public phase could make it difficult for Obama to rally support when it comes time for Congress to vote.

Mobilize one more time and finally damn this rampaging monster to hell.

Protesters have long decried the lack of transparency around TPP negotiations. (Photo: SumofUs/flickr/cc)

After being shrouded in secrecy for years, the full contents of the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will soon be brought into the sunlight.

According to Kevin Collier at Daily Dot, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has said the text will be made available to the public at large in approximately 30 days—on or around November 7.

“[We] look forward to having it released as soon as possible,” Froman said in a press call Wednesday that was embargoed until Thursday morning. “We’re shooting to do it within the 30 days following the completion of the negotiations.”

Under the terms of the Fast Track legislation passed earlier this year, lawmakers will not be able to amend or filibuster the pro-corporate “trade” deal that was completed this week.

President Barack Obama must wait at least 90 days after formally notifying Congress of the deal before he can sign it and send it to Capitol Hill, and the full text of the agreement must be made public for at least 60 of those days. Congress gets to spend the first 30 days of that time privately reviewing the documents and consulting with the administration.

As Kelsey Snell wrote for the Washington Post, that 60-day public comment window “will provide critical insight into how much popular support the deal may receive. A poor reception during the public phase could make it difficult for Obama to rally support when it comes time for Congress to vote.”

Snell continued:

The next step will be for the U.S. International Trade Commission to conduct a full economic review of the deal. The agency has up to 105 days to complete that work but the process could take much less time.

Once the implementing bill is introduced in the House and the Senate, Congress has a maximum of 90 days to approve or disapprove the trade deal but can move much more quickly.

However, Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach has pointed out (pdf) that 2016 election politics may imperil the deal. “The intense national battle over trade authority was just a preview of the massive opposition the TPP will face given that Democratic and GOP members of Congress and the public soon will be able to see the specific TPP terms that threaten their interests,” she said (pdf) on Monday.

08 Oct

United States Wars, News and Casualties



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10/07/15 IraqiNews: 6 people killed and wounded in bomb blast in eastern Baghdad

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10/07/15 AFP: Daesh executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq’s Anbar

10/07/15 Reuters: Kurds say blood tests show Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq

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10/07/15 KP: Daesh militants gun down religious scholar in Nangarhar’s Bati Kot District

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07 Oct

Sanders Surges in California as Clinton’s Support Plummets


Bernie Sanders is surging among likely California Democratic primary voters according to the California Filed poll that was released this morning, which also shows support for Hillary Clinton plummeting in California.

The results of the poll are absolutely stunning – Sanders has surged to within 12 points of Clinton, with the race now at 47% to Clinton to 35% for Sanders.  In five months, Sanders support in California has surged 26 percentage points, skyrocketing from 9% to 35%, a stunning development in a state like California where the Sanders campaign hasn’t spent a penny on television adverting.  In five months, Hillary Clinton’s support has plummeted 19 percentage points, dropping from 66% to 47%.

Clinton has also seen a huge drop in terms of excitement within the state of California over her candidacy:

While Clinton remains ahead among likely voters in the Democratic primary, excitement for her candidacy has waned, according to the poll. Thirty-seven percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they would react enthusiastically if Clinton won the nomination, down 9 percentage points from May.

California is the big prize in the fight for the Democratic nomination for president in 2015.  The results of the primary will dictate how many delegates each candidate receives, who will ultimately pick the nominee at the Democratic National Convention next summer.  California is allocated 478 delegates, 264 of which will be allocated by congressional district based on the primary vote, and another 88 will be allocated based on the primary vote statewide.

So if you live in California, keep doing what you are doing – because the affect of what every volunteer on the ground is doing is clearly having a huge impact, based on the results of this poll.

The Democratic debate on October 13, 2015 is going to be an exciting event to watch.  We all know what a great debater Hillary Clinton is and expectations are high for her to perform well.  But I think Bernie will do pretty good, as his straight talk and authenticity will play well with a national audience.

But regardless of where you live, make sure you sign up for a debate watch party on October 13, 2015 and celebrate with supporters in your local area:



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