It turns out that the RNC does have those emails archived after all. Well, almost all of them.
According to Mr. Kelner, although the hold started in August 2004, the RNC does not have any e-mails prior to 2005 for Mr. Rove. Mr. Kelner did not give any explanation for the e-mails missing from Mr. Rove’s account, but he did acknowledge that one possible explanation is that Mr. Rove personally deleted his e-mails from the RNC server.
Mr. Kelner also explained that starting in 2005, the RNC began to treat Mr. Rove’s emails in a special fashion. At some point in 2005, the RNC commenced an automatic archive policy for Mr. Rove, but not for any other White House officials. According to Mr. Kelner, this archive policy removed Mr. Rove’s ability to personally delete his e-mails from the RNC server.
Apparently asking Karl not to violate Fitzgerald’s legal request wasn’t enough.
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CREW reports that the White House’s server problems might have been even worse than those at the RNC. Five million emails lost in a two year period. I’m far from an IT expert, but it surprises me that nobody noticed after the first hundred thousand or so.
Also, Glenn Greenwald.