Feds Digging Deeper into State Department E-mail Scandal
High-ranking American officials are the subject of a lot of scrutinies no matter the historical period. In the digital age, this means their electronic communications are going to be public, at some point, whether they like it or not.
When Hillary Clinton was tapped to be Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, she opted to keep her private e-mail account to conduct official business, a somewhat unusual decision that is becoming more commonplace. Barack Obama is the first president to have decided to keep his personal BlackBerry, with the understanding that the full contents were public record from the moment he was sworn into office.
That said, officials have become suspect of the claim of Hilary Clinton that her e-mails were all private and that none of them was in an official capacity. The job of a high-ranking diplomat is demanding, and to truly not have it bleed over into the private life, one would have to be some wizard. As the scandal came to a head in March, Americans realizing that one of the highest-ranking officials in the US Government may have been communicating state secrets via the clear net, Clinton acquiesced, allowing the State Department to make some 55,000 pages of e-mail public.
Upon review, officials throughout the government realized that parts of this disclosure should not be public information. Now a few months have passed and two inspectors general believe that further investigation is necessary.
While the investigation is not specifically into Mrs. Clinton, it does stem from her e-mail usage decisions. Classified information in the State Department and elsewhere has a very particular set of rules in how it is meant to be handled, and when these rules are broken, someone has to answer for it. It may turn out that Mrs. Clinton acted to the letter of the law, or it may turn out that she made decisions that could have put specific US agents at risk. The conduct of unelected public officials is the business of all Americans.
Hilary Clinton is currently running for the Democratic nomination for president. If elected, she would be the first woman president of the country. In 1997, while still the First Lady of the United States, a Time reporter said that, according to her Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer, Clinton was “caught [….] thumbing through a book called Internet E-Mail for Dummies.”
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