Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration caught using coded messages to hide sensitive information

 September 3, 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) is in hot water after her administration was caught red-handed transmitting sensitive information with coded messages.

According to a lawsuit, the Whitmer administration made a “calculated” effort to “conceal” a message in order to prevent it from being discovered by anyone searching through public records.

The message that the lawsuit centers around was between Consultant Andy Leavitt and an advisor to Whitmer concerning the lead water crisis in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

In a move that the lawsuit claims "appears to be calculated to conceal the statements,” Leavitt coded a message using the Greek alphabet. When the message was translated back to the standard English font, it read, "Hot off the presses. As I warned there are some major red flags. It seems like we are back at square one, having not learned from Flint."

Leavitt used such an unusual tactic because Michigan’s public records department would have to manually search for documents containing Greek letters, thereby effectively concealing the message from standard inquiry.

A public research expert told the Washington Free Beacon, "I haven’t seen it before, but it doesn’t surprise me. Agencies play games to fight requests all the time. If they’re doing it here, where else are they doing it?"