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Microsoft Sues Justice Department Over Data Gag Orders

courtroomBy Steve Neavling

Microsoft launched a lawsuit against the Justice Department, saying the government should not be able to prevent companies from notifying customers that law enforcement officials have requested their e-mails and data.

The lawsuit argues it’s unconstitutional to prevent companies from informing their customers of the requests, ABC News reports. 

“Microsoft brings this case because its customers have a right to know when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails, and because Microsoft has a right to tell them,” the tech giant says in its lawsuit.

Microsoft said the government often issues orders requiring secrecy.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying, “We are reviewing the filing.”

FBI Director James Comey: No Rush in Completing Investigation of Hillary Clinton

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling

What’s the rush?

That’s what FBI Director James Comey said about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state.

Comey said there’s no need for urgency, but added that he is staying “close to this one to make sure we have the resources to do it competently,” the Niagara-Gazette reported Tuesday.

Comey made the statements during a visit to the FBI’s Buffalo, New York, field office. News outlets have suggested the investigation is in its final stage.

“We feel a great sense of urgency to do it well and to do it promptly,” Comey said.

Comey appeared to suggest that the political implications of the FBI’s timing of the investigation is not a factor.

“I wouldn’t say the concerns are any different in any of the high profile cases. And the reason is good people want to know. There’s an intense interest in investigations like that,” Comey said.

Judge Orders Justice Department to Quit Stalling on Releasing Hillary Clinton E-mails

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling

A federal judge wants to know why the Justice Department has been delayed in producing the remaining 3,700 e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, CBS News reports. 

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras gave the Justice Department one day to explain why the Justice Department can’t produce the e-mails by Feb. 18.

The judge said the e-mails must be released at the end of the month as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed for the electronic communications.

The issue is unrelated to an FBI investigation to determine whether any laws were broken when Clinton used a private server to send and receive e-mails.

It was divulged less than two weeks ago that the State Department said investigators found 22 “top secret” e-mails.

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Hillary Clinton E-Mails Contained Veiled References to Intelligence Officers

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling

While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton forwarded information to her personal server that contained references to undercover CIA officers.

But NBC News disputes reports that the e-mails revealed the identity of an undercover intelligence operative.

U.S. officials said the contained veiled references to intelligence officers. Still, those reference were considered classified when the e-mails were reviewed.

NBC News wrote:

In one case, an official said, an undercover CIA officer was referred to as a State Department official with the word “State,” in quotes, as if to suggest the emailer knew the officer was not actually a diplomat. In another case, an email refers to “OGA” for “other government agency,” a common reference to the CIA. Yet another now-classified email chain originated with a member of the CIA director’s staff, leading some officials to question how Clinton could be blamed.

A spokesman for Cinton’s campaign insisted the intelligence officers were not identified and that any information to the contrary is part of an effort to hurt her candidacy.

“This shows yet again how the leaking of selective details gives a completely false impression about what is actually contained in the emails forwarded to Hillary Clinton,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon. “Whenever the full contents of these emails are learned, there is invariably less than meets the eye.”

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FBI Expands Probe of Clinton’s Private E-Mail to Include Second Company

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling

Hoping to recover deleted e-mails, the FBI has expanded its investigation into the security of Hilary Clinton’s use of a private server when she was secretary of state.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI has found a second private technology company that is willing to provide the bureau with data preserved from Clinton’s account.

Connecticut-based Datto Inc. helped manage Clinton’s e-mail system by providing backups.

The FBI is trying to determine whether classified information was accessed through Clinton’s private server.

FBI Recovered Personal, Work-Related E-mails from Hillary Clinton’s Private Server

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling

Hillary Clinton said she deleted personal and work-related e-mails from a private server during her time as secretary of state.

But Bloomberg reports that the FBI has recovered the e-mails.

The FBI is trying to determine whether classified information was on Clinton’s server.

Clinton said about half of the e-mails were personal.

It wasn’t year clear how many e-mails were recovered. The investigation is expected to take several months.

How FBI May Be Able to Recover Clinton’s ‘Wiped’ E-Mails

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling

Although Hillary Clinton said more than 31,000 e-mails were deleted from her private server because she considered them personal, the FBI should be able to resurrect them, Mother Jones reports. 

Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, maintained that Clinton’s e-mails were “wiped” from the server, but the Denver-based company that operated the e-mail system said there’s no record of the e-mails being wiped.

“So this could mean the FBI will be able to recover emails that the Clinton crew deleted—and that the bureau will be able to review all the emails and documents on the server to determine if materials, possibly including classified information, were handled properly,” Mother Jones wrote.

A computer forensic expert, Jon Berry, said the FBI can copy the server’s contents and analyze them to determine if the content is recoverable.

Deleting files is not enough to permanently remove them, Berry said. They would need to be overwritten.

If they weren’t deleted, computer forensic specialists may be able to recover the e-mails, Berry said.

Hillary Clinton Hands Over Private Server to FBI As Part of E-Mail Investigation

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling

Hillary Clinton has handed over her private server as part of an investigation into her using private e-mail during her four-year stint as secretary of state.

The Washington Post reports that Clinton’s attorney also handed over a thumb drive with copies of thousands of e-mails.

Clinton’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, wouldn’t say whether the FBI demanded the devices but emphasized that she is cooperating with authorities.

“She directed her team to give her e-mail server that was used during her tenure as secretary to the Department of Justice, as well as a thumb drive containing copies of her e-mails already provided to the State Department,” Merrill said. “She pledged to cooperate with the government’s security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them.”