Hil­lary Clin­ton’s e-mail is­sue dogs her


Ju­di­cial Watch, a con­ser­va­tive watch­dog group in the US, has said that the for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton used an un­se­cured phone line when the secure line was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tech­ni­cal is­sues. The group said she di­rected a top aide to call her on her home num­ber.

“I give up. Call me on my home [num­ber],” Clin­ton told thenChief of Staff Ch­eryl Mills in a Fe­bru­ary 2009 e-mail af­ter more than an hour of trou­ble try­ing to communicate via a secure line. “I just spoke to ops and called you reg line — we have to wait un­til we see each other b/c [the] tech­nol­ogy is not work­ing,” Mills said in an­other e-mail sent at al­most ex­actly the same time. “Please try again,” re­sponded Clin­ton, a few mo­ments later.

It’s un­clear whether the two did con­nect or if they mod­er­ated any dis­cus­sion they may have had to avoid sen­si­tive top­ics while on an un­se­cure land­line.

But the episode is likely to cause con­cern among crit­ics of Clin­ton, who have pre­vi­ously ac­cused her of re­sort­ing to un­se­cure forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion out of convenience, po­ten­tially jeop­ar­dis­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion. An­other e-mail of Clin­ton’s, re­leased in Jan­uary, ap­peared to show her telling a top aide to re­move iden­ti­fy­ing de­tails and send a sen­si­tive doc­u­ment through a ‘non-secure’ chan­nel in­stead of via ‘secure fax.’

“This drip, drip of new Clin­ton e-mails show Hil­lary Clin­ton could not care less about the se­cu­rity of her com­mu­ni­ca­tions,” said Tom Fit­ton, the Pres­i­dent of Ju­di­cial Watch, in a state­ment.

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