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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: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday March 05 2015, @02:06PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 05 2015, @02:06PM (#153497) Journal

    Yes it's highly doubtful her email server is properly secured. I led her husband's digital for two years while she was Secretary of State and can tell you the IT dept was not top-tier; but I don't recognize the name of the person the press reports associated with her email server; that means it's one of their "Friends of Bill." "Friends of Bill" include everyone from Chris Ruddy, the extreme right-wing owner of NewsMax, to Rupert Murdoch, to quasi-totalitarian leaders from around the world. Keep that in mind when wondering how secure an email server set up by such a "friend" could be.

    I can also tell you for a fact that Hillary was an avid fan of tech, vastly more so than Bill, because after Obama used it to beat her for the nomination last time she woke up to its power as a tool. She did everything online and with social media, so she definitely conducted all her State Department business through that email account. And, being a lawyer, of course she did that to hide her record as Secretary of State in preparation for another run for the White House.

    That, though, is not her sole doing. It's part of a growing trend within government to over-classify and hide the people's business from the people. Take the TPP trade treaty being negotiated in secret right now. Even Congress (as if they represented anyone but their corporate, Wall-Street buddies, but still...) has not been allowed to see what they are being asked to vote on. Consider that--they're being asked to vote on a vast trade agreement sight unseen. But it's become a pandemic among politicians individually as well. Bush and Cheney successfully hid much of their records after leaving office.

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