McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990 - he left 26 years ago and four years before the WWW was created.
DOS was still the major Operating System in 1990.
Things worked differently back then and new technologies have been developed since.
The way I understand it is:
- The Clinton campaign system was breached
- The FBI called the help desk guy and said we see disturbing activity.
- The help desk guy thought it was a prank call
- The FBI called the same guy a few times, for a few months.
Why didn't the FBI get in touch with someone higher up in the campaign?
The offices were only about 10 minutes apart, why didn't the FBI show up in person?
Yes, the help desk person wasn't much help, but I don't think he held a senior position either.
Seven months later, the servers are checked and they found finger prints of the intrusion.
Too late !
Email accounts had been accessed, email had been read and saved to a email client and the rest is history. Once someone has access to your account, login & password, they can stroll around or sync the account wholesale.
It does not matter if the agencies can track the packets Where would that lead them - to a Starbucks in DC or NY?
We all choose what we believe.
McCartyism, CointelPro, Watergate, Iran/Contra, Whitewater, WMDs, BHO citizenship ... whatever.
(Whitewater, WMDs, and BHO citizenship were not real issues - just in case)
Believe retired spooks or believe active spooks,
believe the Russians or believe Trump,
believe the journalists or believe the pundits,
believe the news or believe the propaganda.
I'm going to go with the assessment of the US Intelligence agencies (CIA & FBI)
--> they use current methodology and up-to-date forensic software.
You can distrust everyone and everything, but where does that leave you? It leaves you alone and miserable.