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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, @05:38PM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Wednesday March 04 2015, @05:38PM (#153152) Journal

    I'm guessing she wouldn't have to rely on a commercial service being that she is part of the high level executive branch. I worked for the state I live in a dozen years ago as a low level functionary -- the state provided me with an email address. I'm sure there are people people working around the clock to maintain the Whitehouse's email service's integrity and security -- HRC would certainly not have been left with having to decide between MSN or Yahoo to conduct business. Palin using Yahoo and getting caught probably enlightened people like HRC enough to talk to some tech people who explained that if you host your own server, you have personal control over the stored messages.

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  • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Thursday March 05 2015, @01:37PM

    by urza9814 (3954) on Thursday March 05 2015, @01:37PM (#153489) Journal

    I'm guessing she wouldn't have to rely on a commercial service being that she is part of the high level executive branch. I worked for the state I live in a dozen years ago as a low level functionary -- the state provided me with an email address. I'm sure there are people people working around the clock to maintain the Whitehouse's email service's integrity and security -- HRC would certainly not have been left with having to decide between MSN or Yahoo to conduct business. Palin using Yahoo and getting caught probably enlightened people like HRC enough to talk to some tech people who explained that if you host your own server, you have personal control over the stored messages.

    Yeah, that's exactly the point. Not only do they provide email server for her; she is *legally required* to use that email service so we have a record of her correspondence.