Reporter Rebecca Abrahams wrote this week at Huffington Post that on October 11, 2006, longtime Bush/Rove IT expert
Michael Connell met with cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore to learn how to destroy data on White House computer
hard drives. This was during the height of the United States Attorney scandal and during the tenure of Connell's former
employee, David Almacy, as director of the White House Internet and E-Communications Director.
Abrahams quotes from Spoonamore's emails which reference notes taken at the time of the meeting. Connell was accompanied
at the meeting by Randy Cole, the former President of Connell's company, GovTech Solutions, now running for Ohio
Congressional seat 41. When Spoonamore realized that Connell and Cole were asking how to destroy White House data, he
terminated the conversation and told them that what they were asking about was illegal.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey recently appointed prosecutor Nora Dannehy to investigate whether criminal charges
should be brought against those involved in the US Attorney scandal. Today, in a press release, VR called for that
investigation to include what role and knowledge Michael Connell and Randy Cole have regarding the destruction of White
House computer data, and, as Abrahams suggests, whether Connell knows where the White House email backup is located.
Velvet Revolution is an issue-based advocacy group working on Election and Media Reform, serving as an umbrella
organization to nearly 100 Voting Rights, Election Reform and Media Reform organizations. VR has recently launched our
"Divestiture for Democracy" campaign calling on America's Voting Machine companies to provide transparency and
accountability in their publicly funded role of running America's elections.