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  •  What appears to have made investigators worried (6+ / 0-)

    was the nature of the information contained within the emails sent to Kelly, some of which referred to information about Petreaus that only he and people with access to his classified schedule and other data could have known about. Given his position, this was something worth looking into, I think. Either he or some other authorized person was sending these emails, which was troubling, or someone unauthorized had sent them, which was even more troubling.

    Had Broadwell used such an anonymizing email service, the FBI might still have eventually traced it back to her as I'm guessing that they or another agency have the means to monitor and analyze such things. And even if not, they would likely have conducted a more conventional investigation consisting of questioning Petreaus and the people who might have had access to his info, and gotten one of them to "break". One way or another, there was no way he could keep this secret once Kelly decided to approach the FBI.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 07:37:30 AM PST

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    •  exactly right! (4+ / 0-)
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      kovie, LilithGardener, radarlady, kurt

      Plus there are people that know how to track anonimizing signals. It's a question of who's doing the tracking. I would guess that the CIA & FBI have some experts in this area.

      In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

      by vcmvo2 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 07:40:51 AM PST

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      •  I would do more than guess (2+ / 0-)
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        I have no actual knowledge of it, but clearly they have such capabilities, as does the NSA and other such agencies. It's simply implausible that they don't. How good they are, to what purposes they're using such capabilities and with what legality, I don't know.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 07:48:12 AM PST

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