In a letter sent to congressional committees, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the DoJ had, “succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”
“Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing,” Horowitz said. “We will provide copies of the text messages that we recover from these devices to the Department so that the Department’s leadership can take any management action it deems appropriate.”
The DoJ is reported to have gained the texts by taking as many as four phones from the couple. Meanwhile, news is leaking out that Strzok and Page weren’t the only ones affected by the glitch. Thousands of FBI cellphones also failed to capture this data. I wonder how many mobsters will use this in their defense?
The question will soon me, what ‘forensic tools’ were used. Maybe the skills of cellebrite.com will be needed. The FBI, DOJ and the SEC have been using Cellebrite’s forensic cell-phone cracking tools for years. While the use of its products to get past passcodes might have garnered more public acclaim, one of the other less well known features is its ability to speedily uncover information that might have been previously unrecoverable, including deleted data and text messages. (more here)