WASHINGTON — A 1998 memo to President Clinton’s former deputy chief
of staff shows that Internet e-mail sent to officials in the White House
wasn’t the only type of e-mail unrecorded by a computer archive system
used to search for subpoenaed documents.
White House Counsel Beth Nolan has stated publicly that the “only”
White House office e-mail affected by a so-called computer “glitch”
spanning nearly a 28-month gap between 1996 and 1998 “were in-coming
It’s not the whole story.
A June 19, 1998, White House memo obtained by WorldNetDaily shows
that “return receipts” and “trace reports” were also not archived.
Return receipts are used by e-mail senders to confirm that those on the
receiving side got their message. Trace reports
provide e-mail routing information.
Such information would be valuable to investigators. Several have
subpoenaed White House e-mail for that period, including independent
counsels, the Justice Department, Congress and the government watchdog
group, Judicial Watch Inc. The
e-mail may be relevant to probes ranging from the Monica Lewinsky case
to Filegate to Chinagate.
In the memo, Virginia “Ginny” Apuzzo, then-White House management and
administration director, briefed Deputy Chief of Staff John Podesta,
who’s now Clinton’s chief of staff, about the e-mail archiving problem.
She notes that it covers all the e-mail users in the Executive Office
of the President. She explains how the “anomaly” in the system occurred.
Then she lists the kinds of e-mail the system failed to record.
Apuzzo wrote: “These omitted types of e-mail include:
Podesta sent the memo back with the hand-written note: “Ginny:
Please ask Mark to brief me on this. Thanks, John.”
Mark Lindsay was the Office of Administration official that Northrop
Grumman e-mail technicians say ordered them, in a June 1998 meeting, to
keep the “glitch” a secret. He’s since been promoted to Apuzzo’s job.
Apuzzo also sent the same June 1998 memo to then-White House Counsel
Charles “Chuck” Ruff.
The White House now claims it didn’t know the “scope and nature” of
the problem until it read news reports about it in February of this
In a related item, the White House has told the public repeatedly
that there are only four e-mail servers for the Executive Office of the
But another memo obtained by WorldNetDaily shows that there are
A March 14, 2000, memo by Northrop Grumman contractor Yiman Salim
inventories “all EOP mail servers” as “Mail1, Mail2, Mail3, Mail5 and