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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 04 2015, @12:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the one-rule-for-them dept.

The NY Times reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, according to State Department officials. She may have violated federal requirements that officials' correspondence be retained as part of the agency's record.

Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. "It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business," said attorney Jason R. Baron. A spokesman for Clinton defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the "letter and spirit of the rules."

 
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by hemocyanin on Wednesday March 04 2015, @03:50PM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Wednesday March 04 2015, @03:50PM (#153086) Journal

    Setting up a home based email server is not trivial. It would take a real understanding of the implications of how email is stored and a real effort to set up. This isn't something you just accidentally end up with but is something you actively pursue with data protection specifically in mind.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by infodragon on Wednesday March 04 2015, @03:54PM

    by infodragon (3509) on Wednesday March 04 2015, @03:54PM (#153093)

    Bingo! Extraordinary efforts made to give much greater control over the public record.

    I'm also thinking, how did everyone in the government not notice it was a personal email? Did she just not email anybody in the US government? This has me dumbfounded that it's not being asked more.

    The more you critically think about this, the more it sticks all on its own. Even if Bengazi is a smoke and mirrors this is extremely arrogant and should have every conspiracy theorist foaming at the mouth. It just STINKS of nefarious intentions.

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    • (Score: 2) by pnkwarhall on Wednesday March 04 2015, @06:29PM

      by pnkwarhall (4558) on Wednesday March 04 2015, @06:29PM (#153187)

      Clinton For Prez 2016!

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by frojack on Wednesday March 04 2015, @08:12PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday March 04 2015, @08:12PM (#153215) Journal

    Setting up a home based email server is not trivial.

    Actually, it is trivial. Virtually any Linux distro does it out of the box. So it shouldn't have been a problem for "The smartest woman on earth".
    But it was probably set up by Bill Clinton's campaign lakkies and had been there fror some time.

    The real question is was it maintained, and if so, by who. Because whoever maintains it has to have root access. Which means access to all the mail.
    Were security patches installed? Were Government workers involved?
    Why don't federal data retention laws apply to top administration officials?

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    • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Thursday March 05 2015, @01:33PM

      by urza9814 (3954) on Thursday March 05 2015, @01:33PM (#153486) Journal

      It's not quite that trivial. I'm doing the same right now. The real issue is that if it was in her home she would have had to purchase a business class connection, as outgoing mail from a residential network is almost certainly going to be flagged as spam. Then she needs a skilled sysadmin to set the thing up, and probably some on-call support too since we all know there's no way Clinton is even rebooting the server on her own. And someone like that isn't going to go ten minutes without working email.

      Sure, she probably just paid someone a huge stack of cash and got it done, but that still means she put some effort into figuring out that she needed this, and she spent a huge stack of cash, all to avoid something which she was *legally required* to have provided by her employer. That *is* a lot of effort if she didn't expect some serious gain from doing so. So what is she doing *at work* that's so important to keep secret *from her employers*?

      • (Score: 2) by frojack on Thursday March 05 2015, @10:47PM

        by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 05 2015, @10:47PM (#153669) Journal

        Oh, come on, you don't need a business class connection, (and if she did, that's like $50/month)
        You don't even need a static ip.
        And outbound routing of mail just needs to go through some gateway somewhere.

        You can buy these deivces from companies that will come in and set them up.
        http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/secure-email-gateway.aspx [sophos.com]
        There are like 10 or 20 companies providing these, like Barracuda, Intel, Sendio, Dell SonicWALL FortiMail , etc. Most of these come with remote management capabilities, and provide their own outbound relay.

        Which one of those companies wouldn't trip all over themselves to get an install for a Former President?
        The quiet bragging rights alone would be worth gold.
        My bet she paid nothing. She is alleged to have used the server of Bil Clinton's organization, which was located in their residence.

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        • (Score: 2) by frojack on Friday March 06 2015, @06:41AM

          by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 06 2015, @06:41AM (#153739) Journal

          Whoa, accidentally called that one.....

          There are like 10 or 20 companies providing these, like Barracuda, Intel, Sendio, Dell SonicWALL FortiMail , etc. Most of these come with remote management capabilities, and provide their own outbound relay.

          And there it is... [post-gazette.com]

          To ensure that Ms. Clinton’s emails were private, her system appeared to use a commercial encryption product from Fortinet — a good step, Mr. McGeorge said.

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