Have you heard the name Paul Combetta? Neither did I until this morning.
Last week, Paul Combetta was one of two technicians granted immunity by the Justice Department in accordance with cooperating with the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email server scandal.
Combetta works for Platte River Networks, a Denver-based tech firm that Clinton hired in 2013 to oversee her private email setup.
According to the FBI’s report of its investigation, Combetta gave conflicting answers when asked about using a program called BleachBit to delete backups of Clinton’s emails from the servers.
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz of the Oversight Committee said during Tuesday’s hearing that he’s,“starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shady sh-t.”
Combetta did not reply and instead elected to plead the Fifth Amendment, which invokes the privilege which allows a witness to decline from answering any questions where his answers might incriminate him.
Less than a week later, a Reddit researcher uncovered a Reddit thread from July of 2014 where Combetta requested technical advice on how to strip an email address from archives stored on a private server by someone who was “VIP (VERY VIP).”
Combetta’s Reddit identity was discovered as “stonetear”.
But how could they possibly know that this was his username? Combetta’s email has been proven to be email@example.com and his Etsy account is also “stonetear”.
On July 24th 2014, “stonetear” began a new thread on Reddit:
“Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file.
Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out.
I am not sure if something like this is possible with PowerShell, or exporting all of the emails to MSG and doing find/replaces with a batch processing program of some sort.Advertisement - story continues below...
Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?”
After a series of replies/inquiries under the thread, “stonetear” said this in response to each:
“As a PST file or exported MSG files, this could be done though, yes?
The issue is that these emails involve the private email address of someone you’d recognize, and we’re trying to replace it with a placeholder address as to not expose it.
I think maybe I wasn’t clear enough in the original post. I have these emails available in a PST file. Can I rewrite them in the PST? I could also export to MSG and do some sort of batch find/replace. Anyone know of tools that might help with this?”
Since this conversation, Platte River Networks has invoiced Hillary Clinton for a variety of expenses, including traveling and parking expenses that had Combetta’s name on it.
Notably, there was a $3,000 charge for “federal interviews”, which obviously suggests it was for Combetta’s interrogation and subsequent immunity from the FBI.
Platte River Networks clearly demanded money from Clinton in case anyone was to discover the email deletion.
Also, the invoice shows PRN charged Combetta for an hour phone call he had with someone identified as “Ken”.
FBI Director James Comey had told the Oversight Committee during his hearing that they did not prosecute Hillary because they had no reason to believe she had “intent”, and otherwise downgraded it to “negligible”.
If this doesn’t prove Hillary Clinton’s criminal “intent” to hide her wrongdoings, I don’t know what will.
Maybe Hillary is just invincible.
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