April 9, 2008

The FBI knew back in 2006 that Ned Lamont's campaign did not hack into Joe Lieberman's campaign website, but for some mysterious reason, we are just now getting their official statement. Emptywheel at FDL wants to know what about Holy Joe's six figure slush fund?

In thoroughly unsurprising news today, the Ned Lamont campaign was cleared of any wrong-doing in the crash of Lieberman's server leading up to primary day in 2006. The Stamford Advocate reports that the FBI determined--way back on October 25, 2006--that Lieberman's campaign bears all responsibility for the server crash.

Case closed, right?

No. Not on the outstanding legal issues arising from the campaign, anyway.

As you might recall, the Lamont campaign filed an FEC complaint, coincidentally just two days before the whole server crash case was closed in October 2006, noting that Joe Lieberman had a campaign finance entry for "petty cash" expenditures that were way beyond the legal limits: $387,000 of "petty cash." Read on...

Lieberman spokesperson, Dan Gerstein, recounts a different incident with the website to respond to the FBI report, and it appears that the IT professional the campaign quoted in 2006 admitted to The New York Times that he really isn't that hip when it comes to matters of internet security.

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