I do sincerely hope this was an accident.
Here’s a whoops with a capital W.
But in an email sent out today, the committee inadvertently sent the email addresses of all the would-be whistleblowers to everyone who had written in to the tipline. The committee email was sent to tipsters who had used the website form, including presumably whistleblowers themselves, and all of the recipients of the email were accidentally included in the “to:” field — instead of concealing those addresses with a so-called blind carbon copy or “bcc:”.
Some of the email addresses appear to be transparently fake, but there’s also, much more troubling, a email@example.com carbon copied on the email, which is the public email address for Vice President Dick Cheney.
I know: never attribute to malice what can be attributed to incompetence, but nevertheless. Seen the CC-ed persons reputation and actually that of that entire administration, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out is was done on purpose.