In March of 2016, Stacey Plaskett, the delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the United States Virgin Islands’s at-large congressional district. entrusted her iPhone and its password to staffer Juan McCullum, who copied nude images and videos of legislator after offering to take the phone to an Apple store for repairs.
After he left Plaskett’s office, McCullum created a Hotmail account and “sent at least eleven e-mail messages to multiple persons, including politicians, members of the media, and other persons known to [Plaskett].” The e-mails contained “one or more of the nude images and videos,” according to this week’s indictment against McCollum. He also created a Facebook account, uploaded the visual content, and then Facebook-friended people in Plaskett’s district to spread the nude images far and wide.
A few questions:
How terrible a human being do you have to be to do something like this?
It doesn’t even appear that this was betrayal for profit. In other words, Judas was a better person than this creep.
How stupid do you have to be not to know that something like this won’t eventually lead to you’re being arrested?
Well, that was some recruitment, vetting and hiring job by the delegate’s office! What are the odds that this guy had no red flags suggesting that he might not be the best choice to work in the Halls of Congress? Nver mind, that’s unfair. Look at some of the people who were elected to serve there…
If Secretary Clinton handed off her Blackberry and password, all her e-mails just waiting to be hacked, what would we call that?
How naive, careless and incompetent does anyone have to be to have nude videos of themselves on their phone? Yes, she was betrayed….but this borders on Darwinian self-destructive behavior. It’s signature significance. She almost as untrustworthy as her staffer.
Increasingly, I am coming to the conclusion that human beings are incapable of using modern technology without a critical mass screwing up disastrously. The problem is magnified by the fact that technology is evolving faster than humans are getting the hang of it. The inveterate incompetents and the opportunistic wrong-doers will always combine forces to make chaos inevitable.
It’s Jurassic Park.