Oh, fer Chrissakes. The Republicans are claiming that Hillary Clinton used a "sophisticated" file shredder
to get rid of emails. It turns out that this shredder is BleachBit, an opensource cleaner similar to CCleaner. I've not used BleachBit (which seems to be more of a Linux thing), but I use CCleaner all the time. It's great for removing old cache entries and temp files. Every so often, it's a good idea to clear out those folders within which malware likes to hide.
Neither CCleaner nor BleachBit is the kind of app one would use to destroy an incriminating file on a system facing a serious forensic examination.
On the rare occasions when I've needed to eradicate a truly sensitive file (such as a list of passwords), I use a serious
eraser. No, I won't tell you which one. No one would use freeware for sensitive government work.
Looking at the BleachBit interface
, it seems rather clunky when it comes to shredding individual files. The idea of going through thousands of individual emails in this fashion is mind-boggling.
The only person who says that Hillary used BleachBit to delete emails is Trey Gowdy
, a die-hard Hillary-hater who is still screaming "BenGHAAAAZI!" I doubt that he knows much about computers. He doesn't cite his source of information or offer any specifics. BleachBit may well have been on her system, for the same reason that CCleaner is on my own system: Every
well-dressed computer should (at the very least) have a freeware app of that sort. But so far, I've seen no evidence to prove the contention that she used BleachBit to delete even a single email.