- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A newly disclosed report says a state technology manager who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s personal emails had no authority to direct the seizure of computers from the governor’s office.

The report was written by a Portland law firm at the request of the Department of Administrative Services. It shows the grab of computers was orchestrated by state technology workers without consulting lawyers or prosecutors, and customary steps to preserve evidence were not followed.

The report was obtained by The Oregonian through a public records request (https://bit.ly/1Hpco05 ).

It says state data center administrator Michael Rodgers had no reason to believe he could authorize the seizure and “exercised poor judgment” in not ensuring proper handling of potential evidence.

Rodgers has admitted to leaking Kitzhaber’s emails to a reporter for Willamette Week. He left his job after a $282,000 settlement with the state.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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