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Trump leaks strategy in email gaffe

Technically Incorrect: Autocomplete error tips off a reporter.

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Donald Trump has taught America a lot.

There have been many lessons about straight dealing, successful dealing and even squealing.

No sooner has a day gone by with a lesson being absorbed than another comes along to take one's pondering late into the night.

The latest is to make sure you send your emails to the right person.

As Politico reports, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks was copied on a confidential email from campaign adviser Michael Caputo that concerned the campaign's strategy against Hillary Clinton.

Hicks replied. To Marc Caputo. He's a reporter for Politico and no relation to Michael Caputo at all.

You can imagine how it might have happened. You simply type in the first three letters of a last name and oops.

Naturally, Marc Caputo published what he discovered in the email, which included details of the campaign's intention to attack the presumptive Democratic candidate for her alleged role in the Whitewater real estate controversy.

The Trump campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is not to chuckle at Hicks' misfortune. Who hasn't clicked too quickly or, even worse, pressed Reply All and then suffered consequences?

Technology makes us function ever faster. It wants us to behave like, well, technology. We're turning into machines, making rapid decisions, leaving thought behind because thought is just too darned slow.

Until suddenly we've sent the wrong message to the wrong person.

Of course, this is most unusual for the Trump campaign, which has targeted only very specific people in its messaging.