One would think that Gen. David Patraeus and Jeff Bezos would be tech savvy. One would think they would know that e-mail is not something ephemeral. It is something that is saved on various computers. It is set in stone. It gives a sense of privacy but that is misleading. Computers can be hacked and Internet service providers have access to one’s accounts.
I remember having a talk with Boss Mongo. The gist of the talk was not that people were dumb and did something bad but they were truly incompetent.
I think there is a quote by a Rockefeller that goes something like this, “Never do anything that you would be ashamed to have on the front page of the New York Times.” In the modern world anything in your e-mail is in the public record and can be seen. Privacy is something in the past.
On a second level of dumb, what really surprises me is that people send pictures of privates. Do they really think only one person will ever see those? I suppose they are right. One person in millions of homes will see them on their computers.