Story in the Washington Post about Republicans giving up on retrieving emails that were legally required to be kept for the National Archives.
A former White House technology manager told the committee in statements released yesterday that the Bush administration's e-mail system "was primitive and the risk that data would be lost was high."
Steven McDevitt, who left the White House in 2006, said he supervised an internal study that found hundreds of days in which no electronic messages were stored for one or more White House offices from January 2003 to August 2005. The study stated a range when tallying the total number of days in which an office had no recorded e-mails, from 473 -- which had been previously reported -- to more than 1,000, McDevitt said.
McDevitt also said security was so lax that e-mail could be modified by anyone on the computer network until the middle of 2005.