Monday, December 3, 2007

Holy Math Anxiety Batman! White House Can't Count!

Published on Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (http://www.citizensforethics.org)

CREW: Bush admin. lost more than ten million e-mails

Created 3 Dec 2007 - 12:08pm

CREW's Anne Weismann told crn.com that the number of missing e-mails from the White House far surpasses the widely stated total of five million. It could be more than double or over ten million [1]:

"I will tell you, by the way, that it's way higher than five million. It's more than 10 million," said Anne Weismann, a former Justice Department attorney who now serves as chief counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington [1] (CREW).

Media reports have generally put the number of e-mails the Bush administration is reported to have lost from 2003-2006 at roughly five million. That was the number White House Press Secretary Dana Perino mentioned in an April press conference [2], when she admitted that millions of e-mails may have disappeared from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) archives.

But Weismann said sources close to Congressional and private investigations of the missing e-mail [3] scandal had informed her that more than twice as many e-mails were unaccounted for by the Bush administration.

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