PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Newly released records show Oregon State Police investigators used computer forensic techniques to zero in on the technology manager who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails.
The State Police on Friday released 1,500 pages documenting their investigation. The records show investigators discovered that Michael Rodgers plugged thumb drives into his laptop minutes after receiving copies of the emails from another employee at the State Data Center.
Rodgers is on paid leave from his job as the interim head of the data center. He’s publicly acknowledged leaking the emails to Willamette Week because he feared they would be deleted. Two district attorneys declined to prosecute.
The Oregonian reports that about a month after the leak, investigators narrowed the list of suspects to four people before focusing in particular on Rodgers.