The company that created the software Hillary Clinton used to “wipe” her private server appears to be proud of the role it played.
BleachBit is a file-deleting software program and the company behind it published an article, “BleachBit ‘stifles investigation’ of Hillary Clinton,” on its website touting its success.
House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy revealed in an appearance on Fox News this week that Clinton used the software to delete emails from her private server.
“She and her lawyers had those emails deleted,” Gowdy said. “And they didn’t just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can’t read them. They were using something called BleachBit.”
“You don’t use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridesmaids emails,” he added. “When you’re using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.”
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The BleachBit.org post even made reference to the “18 minutes of audio erased from tapes from President Richard Nixon’s Oval Office.”
Perhaps Clinton’s team used an open source application because, unlike proprietary applications, it can be audited, like for backdoors. In response to the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, privacy expert Bruce Schneier advised, “Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software,” in an article in which he stated he also uses BleachBit. Ironically, Schneier was writing to a non-governmental audience.
Last year when Clinton was asked about wiping her email server, she joked, “Like with a cloth or something?” It turns out now that BleachBit was that cloth, according to remarks by Sen. Gowdy.
@ThreatcoreNews compared the situation to the
Jonathan Zdziarski quoted on CNN.com argued, “Someone trying to cover their tracks would likely pay for and use a much more expensive, specialized data destruction tool,” but commercial tools leave a money trail.
Along with the notoriety came web traffic, and BleachBit could not be more pleased.
“Immediately when the story broke the morning of August 25, traffic to the BleachBit web site and download servers spiked,” the article stated. “As the story went viral on Twitter, a second, larger wave of traffic came to the site. The new servers are fully handling the loads.”