The New Plumbers


I'm inclined to agree with Josh Marshall that this Boston Globe story deserves some more attention:

Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.

From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight—and with what tactics.

Republican spokesfolks are claiming that it's the Dems fault for leaving the data where anyone (who knew about this "glitch") could see it.