Emails Don't Mention Sanford Affair; Critics Smell a Rat

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2009 2:06 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A trove of emails from Mark Sanford's office contains no discussion of his recent disappearance or the resulting scandal, the State reports. Critics suspect the South Carolina governor is holding something back. “It’s a very legitimate suspicion,” a professor says. “Complex organizations in the 21st century are highly dependent on e-mail.” Within the innocuous emails, however, are clues to another communication system.

“Please check your comcast account,” reads a message from a staffer in March, referring to Sanford's personal email account. “Can’t right now,” Sanford replies. “Send here?” There is no followup. Staff members were directed to personal accounts, and 174 of the 3,900 pages disclosed were from personal email. Sanford's attorney says only emails from the state accounts that “are not personal in nature” were released, and that most office business is conducted face to face.