At issue are the e-mails of Menino's right-hand man, Michael Kineavy. The FBI requested City Hall e-mails as part of its corruption probe into the activities of City Councilor Chuck Turner and former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson. The Boston Globe also requested information as part of a developing story.
Kineavy took leave without pay once it was disclosed that, contrary to prior assertion, he conducted city business on two computers, not one.
That he requested a new computer eight days after the Boston Globe filed a Freedom of Information Act request makes it hard to swallow Menino's excuses that his political challengers are attempting to exploit a misunderstanding.
Public accountability is the essence of good government. Menino's charge is positively Nixonian
Whether these shenanigans are motivated by gross incompetence, a desire to cover something up, or an arrogance spawned by too many years in office remains to be determined. In the meantime, Attorney General Martha Coakley should look past her political friendship with Menino and launch an investigation.
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