POINDEXTER: MR. NICE GUY?John Poindexter is no Big Brother; he's a misunderstood technical whiz with a tin ear for politics, the New York Times says in a sympathetic portrait of the man who brought us "Total Information Awareness.""He may be the only guy in government who deeply understands computers," coos computer columnist John Dvorak.That understanding helped Poindexter build the Reagan White House's e-mail system. But Poindexter wasn't slick enough to quietly get rid of the 5,000+ e-mails he and Col. Oliver North exchanged about trading arms for hostages and illicitly funding the Nicaraguan Contra rebels."What (Poindexter) apparently didn't know was that these messages were still retrievable from the e-mail system's backup tapes," CNN noted.Brilliant.

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