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January 23, 2004

Hacked Democratic Computers - News You Can Use

Joshua Micah Marshall, Talkingpointsmemo.com, says
the NY Times article about it is sad in describing what Democrats knew.

More to he point, I was struck by the weak headlines and the weak lede in the NY Times, which paints the investigation and the crimes as already a thing of the past.

Boston Globe:
Infiltration of files seen as extensive
Senate panel's GOP staff pried on Democrats

By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff, 1/22/2004

WASHINGTON -- Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.

From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight -- and with what tactics.



Ny Times:
Senate Inquiry Into Memos That Went Astray Nears End
By NEIL A. LEWIS | Published: January 23, 2004

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 — The Senate's sergeant-at-arms said on Thursday that he was nearing an end to an investigation into how several confidential memorandums written by Democratic staff aides about dealing with judicial nominations ended up in the hands of Republican staff members.

The investigation by the office of the sergeant-at-arms, William Pickle, was undertaken last November after parts of the memorandums appeared in news accounts in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times and a column by Robert Novak.