State Department Whistleblower’s Email Hacked, Messages Deleted

A State Department whistleblower had his email account hacked and messages going back four years deleted. The email messages that were wiped out include documentation of wrongdoing and messages between the employee and his lawyer as well as other whistleblowers.

The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed.

“They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”

“Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that,” Schulman said.

The e-mails included evidence about misconduct by top officials at the department, communications with other potential whistleblowers there, and correspondence with members of Congress who are investigating the allegations, Schulman said.

They also include correspondence between Higbie and Schulman about legal strategy, the lawyer said. (Read More)

Gee, this sounds kind of convenient for Hillary Clinton.