OK, first we have Karl Rove being complicit in the effort to out CIA agent Valerie Plame. Kind of ironic that in a month where Iran now claims 3,000 uranium-compliant centerfuges, what Karl and others did to unmask the identity of a nuclear proliferation expert is especially onerous.
Some might even say treasonous.
And now we learn that Mr. Rove has deleted thousands of emails over the last four years.
Try that in the private sector, and you'll run afoul of Sarbanes-Oxley. There are former cufflinked CEOs now wearing prison garb for doing something similar.
It's one thing deleting emails when you are squeezed for server space. But we're talking about five million emails in total- many from Rove- that the White House can't find.
And what might be on these emails? Admonitions to fire federal prosectors who aren't "with the program?" For sure, and gosh knows what else.
As a technologist, I can tell you that emails can be deleted but are seldom exterminated. That's because emails go through several hops and are often archived at one or more of these stages. Karl Rove's dirty-tricks-laden emails probably still exist somewhere.
So I say bring on the email forensics experts and let us see if we can bring these emails back in the sunshine.
Who knows what secrets these emails hold. Who knows where they will lead with regard to the sinister behavior of Karl Rove and others?
Treason? Obstruction of justice? Memos to stretch the truth- or completely fabricate- Iraq-related matters?
Let the truth come out. Bring it on.
Let's indict Karl Rove, now.