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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Upset about damaging leaks of his calls with world leaders and other national security information, [President] Trump has ordered an internal investigation to find the leakers. Staffers, meanwhile, are so fearful of being accused of talking to the media that some have resorted to a secret chat app -- Confide -- that erases messages as soon as they're read. "None of this is normal," said Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist and top official in President George W. Bush's White House, who has been highly critical of Trump and ticked through controversies that included false White House statements and the administration's halted travel ban targeting seven majority-Muslim countries. "The incompetence, the sloppiness and the leaking is unprecedented."


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Seriously? We just finished a presidential campaign in which Hillary Clinton's communications were considered the single most important issue confronting the nation, and three weeks into the Trump administration, White House staffers are already using tools that may help them circumvent the Presidential Records Act?


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Of course, this wouldn't be the first Republican administration to run into trouble with private communications. Remember this Newsweek piece from September?

Clinton's email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House "lost" 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America's recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons.

Like Clinton, the Bush White House used a private email server – its was owned by the Republican National Committee. And the Bush administration failed to store its emails, as required by law, and then refused to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking some of those emails.

The hypocrisy of the GOP and their completely political agendas are unprecedented as is their refusal to even acknowledge all the malfeasance currently going on under their own noses nor their inaction whenever one of their White Houses operates outside the statutory laws.

The GOP is going to own this and the fallout isn't going to be pretty at all.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-02-14 04:41 PM | Reply

Nothing is ever destroyed on the internet. There is always a copy somewhere.

I figured TrumpCo would be morally and ethically challenged, but I had no idea they would outright fragrant violate as many laws as they have. I guess when your buddies in the House and Senate will turn a blind eye so long as you go along with them you feel like you can do what you want whether it is legal or illegal.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-02-14 05:22 PM | Reply

Nothing is ever destroyed on the internet. There is always a copy somewhere.

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Discuss sensitive topics, brainstorm ideas or give unfiltered opinions without fear of the Internet's permanent, digital record and with no copies left behind.

Confidential means more than just encryption

Confide uses military-grade end-to-end encryption to keep your messages safe and to ensure they can only be read by the intended recipients.

Messages disappear forever after they are read once, making them as private and secure as the spoken word.

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Confide keeps your communication safe by protecting your messages from screenshot attempts.


That's not what they're saying 726.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-02-14 05:48 PM | Reply

sounds like this should be illegal.

#4 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-02-14 05:59 PM | Reply

sounds like this should be illegal.

It is illegal if staff use it to violate the Presidential Records Act which dictates what communications have to be archived for future perusal.

I don't know why it should be illegal for any private citizen to use although I can see how it could be used by criminals to keep damning conversations from ever going public or discovered by LEOs.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-02-14 06:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I don't know why it should be illegal for any private citizen to use"

I meant it being used by executive office staff, not private citizens.

#6 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-02-14 09:35 PM | Reply

#3 Thank Tony. I knew there were ways to beat the destruction of SnapChat posts that claimed to be destroyed. But this appears to be a whole new level of secrecy. There is only one reason to use a system like that.... to hide information that is incriminating.

So far Mangolini is engaged in everything he complained about Hillary/Obama about:

Wasting taxpayer money on vacations.
Pay to play
Selling access
Using the office for profit
Being a puppet of Russia
Owned by Wall Street

No wonder the Trumptards have run off like cockroaches.


#7 | Posted by 726 at 2017-02-15 09:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Lordy, the reeking stench of Trump's DC just gets more putrid by the hour.

#8 | Posted by cbob at 2017-02-16 10:44 AM | Reply

Funny how Mr. Trump's views on leaks have, uh, evolved so rapidly.

WASHINGTON -- As a candidate for president, Donald J. Trump embraced the hackers who had leaked Hillary Clinton's emails to the press, declaring at a rally in Pennsylvania, "I love WikiLeaks!"

To the cheering throngs that night, Mr. Trump marveled that "nothing is secret today when you talk about the internet." The leakers, he said, had performed a public service by revealing what he called a scandal with no rival in United States history.

Now, after less than four weeks in the Oval Office, President Trump has changed his mind.

At a news conference on Wednesday and in a series of Twitter postings earlier in the day, Mr. Trump angrily accused intelligence agencies of illegally leaking information about Michael T. Flynn, his former national security adviser, who resigned after reports that he had lied about conversations with the Russian ambassador.

"It's a criminal action, criminal act," Mr. Trump fumed at the White House. In a Twitter message, he asserted that "the real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence' like candy. Very un-American!"

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2017-02-16 10:59 AM | Reply

A slightly technical analysis of how Confide encrypts conversations...


Security experts skeptical of encrypted messenger's claims

And we were told the software, available for iOS and Android, basically uses the OpenPGP standard to perform public-private cryptography, uses AES for ephemeral per-message encryption, and exchanges public keys between users via TLS connections with certificate pinning....

To us, this sounds like the public keys travel through Confide's servers via HTTPS with certificate pinning to ensure the software really is talking to its backend systems: if so, it means the app maker can, or be forced to, eavesdrop on conversations by substituting users' keys mid-exchange. It does mean, though, that it's tricky for others listening in on networks to intercept and successfully crack messages, in theory....

Using OpenPGP and TLS cert pinning is not a bad start, although we weren't told the key lengths. The app's methods are better than the questionable home-brew crypto used in some other chat applications. The software appears to use OpenSSL 1.0.2j, which was last patched for security bugs in September 2016 and isn't FIPS 140-2 validated. That should rule it out of government use right off the bat, we're told....

[emphasis mine]

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-02-16 11:12 AM | Reply

Dumb Liberals can't find any true issues to report about regarding Trump so they have differed to attacking the staffers. This is what your media is doing. If a truth can't be stretched to demonize Trump, cherry-pick his staffers. I'm sure when that becomes a dead end they will eventually start coming up with spin about the people who tour the WH and have an article that states, "People who tour the WH are human" and then give a long explanation as to why this is bad for the world.

#11 | Posted by humtake at 2017-02-16 11:17 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Dumb Liberals can't find any true issues to report about regarding Trump so they have differed to attacking the staffers.
#11 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE AT 2017-02-16 11:17 AM | REPLY | FLAG:WHINE

buk buk buk bukawwwk.

If you can't stand the heat... stay out of the white house dumbass. Its not ending there.

#12 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2017-02-16 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If you can't stand the heat... stay out of the white house dumbass. Its not ending there.


Exactly. A bunch of whining Republican snowflakes.

Republicans have become such snowflakes recently (or maybe they just always were). Always whining about how they are "victims" of the "liberal media" for having the audacity to actually fact check their statements. And you have the snowflake-in-chief who is constantly complaining about how people are "unfair" to him. Well, he may have been born with a silver spoon up his ---, but the rest of us have already figured out that life is not fair, and don't waste our time whining about it every day.

#13 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2017-02-16 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If HRC would have simply pitched her email after printing it out, isn't that the same as destroying them?
--Tech savvy Trumpsters

#14 | Posted by catdog at 2017-02-16 12:30 PM | Reply

Republican Dictionary #555

Whistle Blower: Someone who reveals damaging inside information about Democrats

Illegal Leaker: Someone who reveals damaging inside information about Republicans

#15 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-02-16 12:43 PM | Reply

Liberals can't find any true issues to report about regarding Trump

#11 | Posted by humtake

ahahahaahahahahhhaahahahah whew! thanks I needed that.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-02-16 01:18 PM | Reply

"...Liberals can't find any true issues to report about regarding Trump..." - #11 | Posted by humtake at 2017-02-16 11:17 AM

Finding isn't necessary.

The true issues are offered up by Trump and his minions on a daily, sometimes hourly basis, and the picking's easy.

#17 | Posted by Hans at 2017-02-16 01:21 PM | Reply

Obama and Lois Lerner must be proud.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-02-16 01:43 PM | Reply

I just can't handle all the winning.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-02-16 01:48 PM | Reply

Any Day Now...

#20 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-02-16 01:50 PM | Reply


Seal of the so-called President of the United States

#21 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-02-17 12:13 PM | Reply

Oh sorry... the above was meant for the nooner.

#22 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-02-17 12:46 PM | Reply

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