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On Smoke and Fire

Whilst I can't claim to know his biography, James Comey has always struck me as a stand up guy. I seriously doubt he would be consuming the resources devoted to the investigation of the information contained on the server that was wiped, apparently "like, with a cloth", without there being some serious hotspots.

Humor me for a moment and consider a hypothetical arsonist hired to burn down a competitor's meth lab. (Yes, I went Breaking Bad, get over it) The fire investigator would refer the meth lab to the apropos jurisdiction for investigation.

So Mr Comey was handed a referral in July of 2015:
The government has been examining the former secretary of State's private email server since last July, when the inspector general for the intelligence community issued a security referral noting that classified information could have been mishandled.

Contrary to popular claims here, this investigation is not the result of the Benghazi fishing expedition, which of course happened. It also was not a criminal referral:
IC IG made a referral detailing the potential compromise of classified information to security officials within the Executive Branch. The main purpose of the referral was to notify security officials that classified information may exist on at least one private server and thumb drive that are not in the government's possession. An important distinction is that the IC IG did not make a criminal referral - it was a security referral made for counterintelligence purposes.

The recent news is there are just shy of 150 Agents working this investigation. The thing is, that even with 30K emails you don't need Agents to review them for security, that work can be done by analysts. I think that the reason for that is that there are that many people to be interviewed about evidence contained in the emails themselves. I seriously doubt that it takes that many Agents to run down the provenance of mishandled secrets.

Now it could still be that they are only looking at the provenance of those emails, and simply trying to get it wrapped up before the convention, but I suspect the email cache contained evidence of some other activity that needs to be run to ground as well.

What that might be? Time will tell, but I hope this all is shaken out before the convention.

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