Feb 11, 2015 · 1 minute

Jeb Bush has mistakenly published the full names, addresses, and social security numbers of the people with whom he communicated as Florida’s governor between 1999 and 2007.

The information was published along with an e-book containing all the correspondence the former governor (and current presidential hopeful) sent or received during his terms.

Some of the emails contained within the archive contain information about state business, a child’s medical struggle, and other personal issues, according to a report from the Verge. Many were probably sent without the assumption they would eventually be made public.

Bush is now aware of the sensitive information within some of the emails and intends to have it removed from future versions of the archived correspondence. Given the Verge’s report on the emails, it looks like a whole lot of information will have to be deleted.

Yet the simple fact that all this information was made public, combined with the hiring of an apparent sexist as his technology lead, shows Bush is... “technically impaired.”

This man wants to become the next President of the United States. And while he doesn’t need to be an engineer, he should have at least known not to make these mistakes. (He does try his damnedest to portray himself as a tech-savvy politician in his book, after all.)

Bush should at least face some repercussions for this mistake — not least because the Verge’s report came as a researcher published email addresses and passwords despite fears the FBI might raid his home, and after Barrett Brown was jailed for linking to stolen data.

That’s right: a journalist will spend a total of 63 months in federal prison for linking to stolen information. Meanwhile, a presidential hopeful has published incredibly personal information —supposedly for transparency's sake — and nothing is likely to come of it.

Hypocrisy like that is usually restricted to the intelligence community. Now it will probably be extended to a former governor that could extend the Bush dynasty’s time in the Oval Office by another few years.

Heartwarming, isn’t it?

[photo by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia]