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When you are using Signal to share encrypted messages you are aware that the other person is also using Signal. Both parties are aware of what is going on, so if you do not trust the other person and want to keep a record for your own protection you have to take a screenshot because that is done through the operating system and not the app. Greenberg could have deleted the screenshots once he became aware the FBI was involved, but he has used this as part of his bargain to cooperate in the investigation. It seems pretty clear that Greenberg knew what he was doing. He used the screenshots as part of his efforts to cooperate and cover his own derriere, and Gaetz is learning the downside of working with someone who is just as sleazy as he is. Looks like the FBI found two real winners here, and Greenberg was prepared and happened to flip first. The downside is that Greenberg may get off relatively easy when both of these cockroaches deserve first hand knowledge of just how grotesque the US justice system can be.
It's not difficult.
  • Never put it down in writing unless you're comfortable with reading it on the front page of The Mail or hearing it read out in court.
  • Never be interviewed by the police without a lawyer present.
Clients! Who'd have 'em?

It's like an old retired senior detective friend of mine once told me (I paraphrase, of course), "White collar criminals, I love 'em. They're so f-ing arrogant and they just know that they're so much smarter than a thick old copper. Ordinary villains have dealt with us before, and know to shut up, but these guys just know they're too clever to need to worry about the likes of me, and that made my job so much easier when I went after them."
 
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It's like an old retired senior detective friend of mine once told me (I paraphrase, of course), "White collar criminals, I love 'em. They're so f-ing arrogant and they just know that they're so much smarter than a thick old copper. Ordinary villains have dealt with us before, and know to shut up, but these guys just know they're too clever to need to worry about the likes of me, and that made my job so much easier when I went after them."
Playing the dumb cop was the whole premise of the Columbo detective series.
 

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Playing the dumb cop was the whole premise of the Columbo detective series.
According to my friend, it wasn't a matter of playing dumb so much as smart people with degrees and successful professional careers always tended to be overconfident when dealing with a rather slow and methodical old chap, obviously from a blue-collar background.

Add to that, unlike most of his customers, who'd been in and out of trouble for years, white-collar criminals very rarely have any practical experience of actually committing crimes without making a few real newbie mistakes, let alone getting away with it.

Add to that the Dunning-Kruger effect, and you can see why he thought they made his job easy for him -- they didn't think like either criminals or cops, and that never goes well when you break the law.
 

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Playing the dumb cop was the whole premise of the Columbo detective series.
I've been on a Columbo kick lately, so the series is very fresh in my mind, and Columbo doesn't really play act being dumb. Instead, he's a bit preoccupied and disheveled and working class in his sensibilities, which the murderer inevitably misinterprets as stupidity. It's more like a sly poke at class bias.
 

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I've been on a Columbo kick lately, so the series is very fresh in my mind, and Columbo doesn't really play act being dumb. Instead, he's a bit preoccupied and disheveled and working class in his sensibilities, which the murderer inevitably misinterprets as stupidity. It's more like a sly poke at class bias.
Didn't he frequently use "my boss made me do it" as the reason for coming back over and over again to ask more questions?
 

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However, I think my favourite "just one more question" moment comes from this scene:


I wonder if Walter Matthau borrowed Peter Falk's signature trenchcoat for this film.
 
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