In da White House

"Double-deleting" emails - a method some provincial Liberal political aides used to keep their communications confidential - became a minor source of controversy during the second Bush administration. In 2007, it was revealed administration officials had been communicating about government business with private email accounts administered by the Republican National Committee and that some or all of those messages may have been permanently lost. The media suggested officials might have "double-deleted" them "to cover their tracks on inappropriate communications." Although presidential advisor Karl Rove's ability to use that function had been removed in January 2006.

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