John Swallow lost computer hard drive on airplane, investigators say

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Part hardliners would like to hide this whole affair with John Swallow to the hinterland or inside the classified ads, somewhere. I am grateful in a state where the Republicans believe they have total control of people, events, economy, politics, and almost religion that the Deseret News do what they do best, report the facts. When truth is important to the people of Utah, one party should not want to hide the facts about people who allegedly violate the law or who blatantly don't know the law, especially the top law enforcer in the State of Utah. Knowingly or unknowingly doing what he purportedly has done, even deleting data from a protected desktop computer with storage on the network of the State, and then supposedly losing a hard drive that has potential classified or protected information on it is a violation of State law, also. This person is supposed to be protecting sensitive data and not letting someone of unknown background have that classified or sensitive data. That should have been reported and made public long ago so that there could have been an attempt to collect that hard drive. It would be blackmail material.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Any investigator would know that an educated and calculating official with a law degree and campaigning for and winning elections would not lose desktop hard drive data by copying to an external drive. That information would still be on the original computer or access to it even if he Deleted it, by (accident). However, then to lose his physical portable hard drive on an airplane is almost Alice in Wonderland material. The rabbit knows and the rabbit always leaves a trail.

    Elected officials are smart and calculating. People potentially going to prison or are in prison know at some time they will or could be caught. Evidence starts to disappear and we are left with the forensics to have to go through.

    People that are truly honest and full of integrity don't seem to have these kind of happenings and kinds of excuses having to surface to show fidelity to people that elected them based on good publicity and campaigning techniques and especially the dollar flow.

    Elected officials have bureaucrats working under them that know the real intentions of their elected bosses. Truth is truth in this elected official's scenario except the factual evidence is changed or lost.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    Any proof he was even issued an external hard drive by the AG's IT office?

  • Ironmomo Ogden, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    Tough to swallow...

    Yes...there have been many times I've nearly left my carry on hard drive on the plane. In one instance I had to have the stewardess check my hard drive with the other luggage as it was too large to fit in the overhead bin.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    Either he's the unluckiest guy in the whole world when it comes to losing stuff or else he's engaging in an effort to destroy evidence and hide the truth. I really don't see a third alternative.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    I think I speak for many that I would like to see any further articles about John Swallow moved from the front page of the Deseret News to the interior of the paper along with articles written about the economy, Obamacare, etc.!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    One thing we do have to give Swallow credit for is an incredibly creative imagination.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    But he's innocent of any and all allegations of any impropriety.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Dec. 8, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    Evidence tampering? Obstruction of justice? The money spent on this investigation is well spent!

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    Does Swallow have a dog?
    That could be another good excuse for why he cannot locate.......

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    "...Since when does Law enforcement not have enough funds to follow an investigation?...".

    If swallow was a member of the Democratic Party, republicans would find more than enough funds to forever follow an investigation.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    I am really really confused... Since when does Law enforcement not have enough funds to
    follow an investigation? The citizens of this great state deserve to know the Truth no matter the cost!