In addition to the Sidney Blumenthal angle, the question posed by Lou Dobbs about FBI motive is a dangling participle remaining from the discussion. However, within the release on Page #283 there’s an important discovery which may answer that question.
Bear with me, as I try to explain a complex issue.
As outlined by the research group behind the Thompson Timeline, there’s always been a question about a missing “Seagate Hard drive“.
March 2009—June 2011:An external hard drive backs up the data on Clinton’s private server, but it is unclear what happens to it or its replacement.
When Clinton’s first server is upgraded with a new server in March 2009, a Seagate external hard drive is attached to the server to store back-up copies of all of its data.
Bryan Pagliano, who manages the server at the time, will later tell the FBI that daily changes are backed up onto the hard drive every day, and a complete back-up is made once a week. As space on the hard drive runs out, backups are deleted on a “first in, first out” basis.
This continues until June 2011. That month, Pagliano travels from Washington, DC, where he works in the State Department, and goes to where the server is, in Chappaqua, New York. Pagliano replaces the Seagate external hard drive with a Cisco Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, also to store backups of the server.
[…] It is unclear what becomes of either back-up device or the data they contained. The FBI’s September 2016 final report on the Clinton email investigation will only mention: “The FBI was unable to forensically determine how frequently the NAS captured backups of the Pagliano Server.”
But the report will also complain about the “FBI’s inability to recover all server equipment,” and there will be no mention of any data recovered from either back-up device.
[…] Also in September 2016, Justin Cooper, who helped Pagliano manage the server, will be asked about these hard drives at a Congressional hearing. He will say he only heard about them from reading the FBI final report. (link)
Please re-read that excerpt a few times, or go to the original source to read the full article.
[Research Note: Not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, but the actual govt link to the FBI report -pdf attached to the information described above in the Thompson Timeline- is now dead (see here). Fortunately, CTH always uploads these sensitive releases to alternate pdf hosting on SCRIBD. So, we are able to go back and look at information independently.]
“The Final Report” – When the original 47 page FBI investigative outline, immediately following the James Comey decision not to prosecute, was released there was a section about hardware retrieved by the FBI only AFTER they initially gained access to the server.
It should be alarming on it’s own that Clinton Lawyers didn’t tell FBI investigators on their volition they held additional email data storage devices. The Clintons, through their attorneys, gave the FBI the server in August 2015 – and not any additional data hardware until the FBI forensic investigation discovered there was additional hardware used.
Two months later, when confronted with that FBI discovery, the Clinton’s, again through their lawyers, released more storage hardware. This is where the Seagate Hard Drive comes in.
On page #5 of the First Investigative FBI report the Seagate Hard Drive is mentioned:
However, it should be noted that “footnote #58” assigned to the Seagate Hard Drive as mentioned, along with all other footnotes in the original FBI final report, IS REDACTED as released.
To summarize so far: The original September FBI final report, used by FBI Director Comey to justify his non finding of illegality, outlined mobile data storage devices -connected to the Clinton email set up- that were not voluntarily turned over to the FBI until evidence of their existence was determined by forensic examination. AND the FBI reporting of those devices was opaquely revealed, with details redacted, in the final report itself.
There it is. The mysterious missing Seagate Hard Drive appears; along with dozens of more exhibits of computers, servers, lap tops, thumb drives and portable storage devices gathered by the FBI and held as physical evidence.
The FBI has these devices in their custody. They are not “missing“.
So why is this important? Again, remember the original question: “what’s the motive behind the latest release“?…