While Hillary continues to be investigated over her unsecured server and “private” email account, another government official has come under fire for using a private, non-government email address.
And, like Hillary, it has massive national security implications!
Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department.
The 1,336 pages of emails and attachments from Carter’s personal account were released late Friday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by The Associated Press and other news organizations. None contained classified information, and most pertained to routine business such as scheduling and logistics.
The Pentagon has long banned the use of personal email for official business. Carter’s use of his personal email account, starting when he took office in February 2015, was especially remarkable given the burst of public criticism that followed disclosures in March that Hillary Clinton had used a private email account exclusively to conduct government business while she was secretary of state.
This is not good. It looks like Carter lied to the media about how long he used the email. And even though non-classified emails were released, we still have no way of knowing what Carter actually sent and received from his private account.
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