Is Reddit going to bring down Hillary Clinton? Maybe so.
On Monday, a savvy internet sleuth alleged on Reddit that Paul Combetta – an employee with Platte River Networks, the company in charge of Hillary Clintonâ€™s home server – sought advice on the site in 2014 on how to purge emails and how to strip “a VIPâ€™s (VERY VIP) email address” from archived emails.
It needs to be noted that Combetta – the one responsible for applying the program BleachBit to email’s on Hillary’s private server – was granted immunity from the Department of Justice in their investigation of Clinton.
â€śHello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIPâ€™s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived emailâ€¦ Basically, they donâ€™t want the VIPâ€™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,â€ť reads the archived post from July 23, 2014, by a user called “stonetear.”
â€śDoes anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?â€ť
But is “stonetear” actually Combetta? An Etsy shop for a Paul Combetta has the username stonetear, and the inactive website combetta.com is also registered to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now, further investigation begins.
â€śThe Reddit post issue and its connection to Paul Combetta is currently being reviewed by OGR staff and evaluations are being made as to the authenticity of the post,â€ť Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). told The Hill.
â€śIf it is determined that the request to change email addresses was made by someone so closely aligned with the Secretary’s IT operation as Mr. Combetta, then it will certainly prompt additional inquiry,â€ť Meadows continued. â€śThe date of the Reddit post in relationship to the establishment of the Select Committee on Benghazi is also troubling.â€ť
Meadows isn’t the only one concerned about Reddit’s findings. Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote a letter about the issue on Monday.
â€śIf true, these details raise new questions as to whether Platte River Networks purposefully defied legal document retention requirements. Further, it is unclear if the Federal Bureau of Investigation was aware of these facts at the time of their investigation,â€ť Smith wrote in the letter.
â€śAdditionally, I am concerned that Mr. Combetta may have made an attempt to delete relevant posts, including the post mentioned above, from his Reddit.com username just hours after reports initially surfaced on September 19, 2016, about his request for assistance on deleting email addresses from archived emails,â€ť Smith wrote.
The Reddit user â€ťstonetearâ€ť deleted all his old posts on Monday. Fortunately archives and screenshots exist.