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  •  How clever. (1+ / 0-)
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    gooderservice

    They thought that was less discoverable than trading email passwords, presumably?

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:22:15 AM PST

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    •  Well yes and no. It's complicated. (4+ / 0-)
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      twigg, chantedor, kyril, foucaultspendulum

      Hacking as defined by federal law revolves around "unauthorized access to a computer system" or some such jargon. The key is "unauthorized access" which if he shared the password and it's a personal account, it isn't anauthorized by him.

      But if it was his normal personal account and if the CIA were monitoring access with or without him knowing it, then her home IP showing up as accessing it would certainly trigger internal alerts of hacking.

      There are many facts we don't know, but again I refer to what Richard Engel said and I'm discussing this under the presumption that his sources are accurate because there is indication that people inside the CIA approached this as a take down effort (again, according to Engel). If the FBI was contacted without Petraeus knowing about it, then my bet is that there was ample evidence of what was going on in the hands of security analysts monitoring the situation. You don't rat out your boss on a hunch.

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