How 'Just Metadata' Helped Ruin A Career Diplomat's Life

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:12:45 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161205/07431236192/how-just-metadata-helped-ruin-career-diplomats-life.shtml>

'"Just metadata" is actually a dangerous thing when left in the hands of
intelligence agencies. It's what turned State Department advisor Robin
Raphel's diplomatic work with Pakistani officials into a severely
misguided -- and severely intrusive -- espionage investigation. A series
of blundering investigations into people who had done nothing wrong
resulted in the DOJ changing its investigative guidelines, but not
before Raphel's house was raided (twice) by the FBI and her reputation
severely damaged.'

Once investigators pick a target, they hate to be wrong.

Cheers,
        *** Xanni ***
--
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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