I write to express my concern over what appears to be the Secret Service’s decision to scrub emails from devices in use by its agents on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021 AFTER those messages were specifically requested by investigators looking into the Jan. 6 insurrection and riot.
The missing text messages – if they are in fact missing – have more to say about current USSS allegiances than management of its devices and data. Among its many responsibilities the Secret Service investigates cyber – to hear it say it lost its data during a system migration is ridiculous. With the information coming to light about the vice president’s reluctance to put himself in the hands of the Secret Service on Jan. 6 at first glance it appears the agency is covering for individuals and operational failures on that day.
Maybe the USSS needs a reminder that it’s a federal law enforcement agency and not the private police force for a wannabe dictator. An operational breakdown of its role and responsibilities such as the type we seem to be faced with here should be considered nothing less than a national emergency.
Something is beginning to smell very badly in Denmark.
Bob Hume/ Walnut Creek