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Did Hillary Clinton’s IT Specialist Ask Reddit An Incriminating Question About Email Servers? Maybe. Probably. Yeah.


There is a chance that Paul Combetta, a former IT specialist for Hillary Clinton you can see above, asked for (and received) help on hiding emails from the Democratic Presidential nominee. This is the big news on Reddit today–that a collaborative effort of users might have actually unveiled the identity of user “stonetear” who once asked for some help purging and saving emails from a “VERY VIP.”

In the excerpts below, you can see a transcription of user stonetear’s questions that he asked on July 23rd, 2014. Or instead you can choose to read them on an archived thread here.

Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out.

I am not sure if something like this is possible with PowerShell, or exporting all of the emails to MSG and doing find/replaces with a batch processing program of some sort.

Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?

One of the most alarming things about this question is that as, US News & World Reports points out, this question comes just one day after the official hearings on Benghazi where it became known that her emails would be investigated. Furthermore, it seems like Combetta returned to Reddit later in the year for a followup question.

Hello- I have a client who wants to push out a 60 day email retention policy for certain users. However, they also want these users to have a ‘Save Folder’ in their Exchange folder list where the users can drop items that they want to hang onto longer than the 60 day window.

All email in any other folder in the mailbox should purge anything older than 60 days (should not apply to calendar or contact items of course). How would I go about this? Some combination of retention and managed folder policy.

That question was posted by /u/stonetear on December 10th, the exact same month that a Clinton aide suggested that the email retention policy should be shortened to 60 days. The problem is that the person in charge of the emails, identified as Combetta by the NY Times, “had an ‘oh sh–‘ moment and sometime between March 25-31, 2015, deleted the Clinton archive mailbox from the [Platte River Networks] server and used BleachBit to deleted [sic] the exported .PST files he had created on the server system containing Clinton’s emails” after realizing that they hadn’t made the correct changes to the retention dates.”

Who Is Stonetear?

We don’t know the answer definitively, but Reddit users have confirmed that the website is registered to an email address Additionally, the user stonetear on is registered to a man named Paul Combetta.

The only thing we can say definitively is that username stonetear started deleting a lot of posts from his post history after the story started getting some buzz within Reddit. Here is a link to a video where you can see of many of their more recent posts being deleted.

Who Is Paul Combetta?

Paul Combetta is a specialist who worked for Platte River Networks, the company who set up and hosted Clinton’s private email server. Despite being given immunity by the Justice Department, he invoked the Fifth Amendment last week when he dragged in front of Congress to talk about the Clinton email scandal.

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