Caught on E-Mail: A Decade of Schemes Discussed Digitally

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks after being inaugurated for his second term on Jan. 21 in Trenton Photograph by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

The most remarkable thing about the George Washington Bridge scandal currently roiling the administration of New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie is just how unremarkable it is for powerful people to be caught out in the open with a trail of troublesome digital correspondence. It’s been a decade since the federal regulators took 1.6 million embarrassing and incriminating inner-office e-mails among Enron executives and shared them with the world—and yet politicians, corporate leaders, and others in power seem as naive as ever about just how secure their e-mail accounts and text messages really are. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, and oh my God, how’d you get into my inbox?

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