Monday, November 7, 2016

How to search 650,000 emails in 4 days

It's easier than you think:
Reading Wiener's own emails, those unrelated to his wife Huma or Hillary, is unlikely to be productive. Therefore, the FBI is going to filter those 650,000 Wiener emails to get at those emails that were also sent to/from Hillary and Huma.

That's easy for automated tools to do. Just search the From: and To: fields for email addresses known to be used by Hillary and associates. For example, search for (Hillary's current email address) and Abedin's current email).

This is likely to filter down the emails to a manageable few thousand.

Next, filter the emails for ones already in the FBI's possession. The easiest way is using the Message-ID: header. It's a random value created for every email. If a Weiner email has the same Message-ID as an email already retrieved from Huma and Hillary, then the FBI can ignore it.

This is then like to reduce the number of emails need for review to less than a thousand, or less than 100, or even all the way down to zero. And indeed, that's what NBC news is reporting
This doesn't mean that there's not something interesting (or even evidence of a crime) in the emails.  However, it does mean that the emails that got found weren't to or from Clinton.

1 comment:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

And don't bother searching for the text string "REL TO" because they already determined that circulating emails with the funny little markings isn't a felony when Hillary does it, months ago. When she commits that crime she is just careless.