Here’s a safety tip: Just assume when you tweet, e-mail, chap snat, tumble, gram your instant, and anything else in cyberspace that folks will see it, resend it, and/or have it become the central focus of a presidential campaign or a federal investigation into your ties with Russia.
Major General Joseph Harrington is the latest military to fall victim to shenanigans, and one in a line of distinguishing (and not so) public figures to have their electronic communications exposed. According to an IG report, the MG was sending flirty texts that ripened into suggestive texts to the wife of a soldier. Avert your eyes if you prefer not to groan because examples of the MG’s texts follow:
“You seem to have a great modeling resume! Truly! Though I hadn’t noticed! Where is your hubby tonight? Work?”
“I’d enjoy being in a tent with U.”
Finally, catching himself on the inappropriate nature of his ongoing communications, he added, “I hope u delete this exchange!” and “Why not delete after communicating?”
Groan and sigh here. Putting aside the obvious ethical issues of a major general chatting it up with a soldier’s wife: How on earth do these people have time for this? Clearly a major general’s job is demanding than the Barometer’s work. The First Amendment being what it is, the Barometer will not suggest banishing these folks from electronic communication. However, the Barometer has a compromise: Get these folks a mandatory and good copy editor.