Hillary Clinton hands over 55000 pages of email.
Think about that... a ream of paper is 500 sheets of paper. So 110 reams of paper, or 11 cases of paper (weighting ~26 pounds per case) were loaded into a printer, printed, stacked back into a box, then delivered to the State Department in December of last year.
Think About it Some More
- Who read and filtered the email messages for content?
- How would you sift through 4-5 five years of email to print (or omit) specific documents?
- Does 55,000 pages = 55,000 unique email threads? WaPo quotes 30,000 messages.
- How many printers and people does it take to print 55,000 pages?
- Why not turn over the email in electronic format?
What the Print Job Looks Like (The Simple Model):
- A resource logs into the email account (archive, live, or otherwise)
- Opens an email message
- Reads the email message
- Decides to print or skip the message
- Send the message to the printer
- Stacks the output into a box
- Moves to the next message (repeats for 55,000 pages)
How a Dummy does the Job
- Log into the email account.
- Run quick searches for keywords like:
- "Bill" or "Chelsea" or other "key" people
- Search for key words like:
- "vacation", "wedding", or "foundation" or "donation"
- or other key terms - just use your imagination!
- Search for key dates like
- "September 11, 2012 (maybe a few days before or after)
- Move those messages to a different folder
- Repeat until all personal email is sorted
- Review (one more time)
- Delete 30,000 personal messages
- Print the rest
ObservationsThis is not a one woman job.
That is one heck of a solid printer (probably not a personal inkjet).
Personal Opinion and Prediction
- Somebody filtered the email -- probably more than one person.
- 55,000 sounds like a lot, but it is a meaningless statistic.
- 55,000 sheets of paper was turned over to hamper discovery.
- An electronic copy would have taken
- 10 minutes to prepare
- 10 minutes to send to State
- 10 minutes for State to discover the smoking email threads
- A backup exists on an external drive or removable storage device (control freaks "“I’m like two steps short of a hoarder,” do not like single points of failure).
- Trey Gowdy went to bed last night with a smile on his face.
- Hackers have some of the email, and the leaking will start today and drip... drip... drip... into the media like a slow motion water-boarding.
- Eventually the NY Times will state the obvious -- that they really want fauxcahauntus as their candidate.
While the content of the email server will never be known, the content of her character is plain to see.