WikiLeaks offers $20k reward to prevent Obama govt ‘destroying US history
WikiLeaks is offering a $20,000 reward for information relating to any destruction of records by a member of the Obama administration. However, it has not made any specific allegations that the administration inappropriately eradicating material.
We are issuing a US$20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or exposure of any Obama admin agent destroying significant records. pic.twitter.com/kRRP246uGo
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 4, 2017
Accompanying the tweet was a screenshot of a 2009 email sent from Principal Deputy Counsel for the Obama administration Daniel Meltzer to James Messina, then-White House deputy chief of staff.
The mail discusses a query from the National Archives as to the whereabouts of a missing and believed stolen two terabyte drive containing electronic records from the Bill Clinton administration. The email is forwarded to Hillary Clinton by aide Cheryl Mills.
Republicans have also run into trouble over their lack of preservation of administration emails. The George W Bush administration lost millions of emails in the lead-up to the war in Iraq, claiming they had been accidentally mislabeled. The messages were later recovered.
Under Federal Law, presidential records have to be preserved, however personal records do not