BleachBitter Paul Combetta Asked Reddit How to Delete a VIP's Email Address from Emails
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Paul Combetta, the computer technician who wiped Hillary Clinton's private email server clean with BleachBit, apparently queried Reddit two years ago about how to delete a "Very VIP's" e-mail address and how to replace the real address with fake ones. Combetta, who works for Platte River Networks, the private Colorado firm that managed Clinton's server, would go on to scrub Hillary Clinton's emails despite an order from Congress to preserve them. He has been granted immunity by the Justice Department, which a "stunned" Trey Gowdy said was "tantamount to giving the triggerman immunity in a robbery case."
Internet sleuths have discovered what the FBI somehow missed: Combetta's username on Reddit was “Stonetear” and he was very curious about how to delete a VIP’s e-mail address about two years ago -- around the time the House Benghazi Committee was requesting Clinton's emails from the State Department. He told fellow Redditers that it involved the private email address of someone they would all recognize. His post indicates that the Clinton team was ordering an obstruction of justice effort to take place.
“Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out. I am not sure if something like this is possible with PowerShell, or exporting all of the emails to MSG and doing find/replaces with a batch processing program of some sort. Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?”
"…The issue is that these emails involve the private email address of someone you’d recognize, and we’re trying to replace it with a placeholder address as to not expose it," said Stonetear:
"Stonetear" eventually settled on using a product called "BleachBit" to wipe out Clinton's private server and email archive. He has now deleted his posts from the last three years at Reddit.