White House 'wiping clean' computer hard drives


Monday, 15-Jan-01 20:19:38

    24.14.28.77 writes:

    White House 'wiping clean' computer hard drives
    Judicial Watch gets tip Clinton aides
    'destroying' evidence before Jan. 20


    By Paul Sperry
    2001 WorldNetDaily.com

    The White House is rushing to "wipe clean" the
    hard drives of computers used by President
    Clinton's aides before the Jan. 20 changeover, a
    public-interest law firm claims.

    Normally, when employees leave the White
    House, computer workers take a snapshot on
    tape of the contents of their hard drives and
    store the tape cartridges as part of official
    records, as required by law. Then they reformat
    the hard drives for the next users.

    But according to Judicial Watch, Inc., political
    aides have ordered computer workers to first
    run the hard drives through a software program
    by the firm Jetico, called BC (Best Crypt) Wipe,
    which "wipes clean the drives so the next
    administration can't retrieve any files."

    "They're starting with [the hard drives of] the
    most important people first -- the [White House]
    lawyers -- and working their way down," said
    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "And
    they're working through the weekend."

    He added: "It's the equivalent of burning
    records, according to our sources," who are
    White House employees.

    The records are key to Judicial Watch's Filegate
    lawsuit against the White House. General
    counsel Larry Klayman said he passed the tip
    on to U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth late
    Friday.

    Calls to the White House were not returned by
    deadline.

    Fitton said Clinton aides Mark Lindsay and
    Michael Lyle are heading up the project -- which
    is being carried out by Charles Nash, a
    supervisor in the White House's records
    management unit.

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    WorldNetDaily

    Judicial Watch

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