Much ado over recent revelations that Hillary Clinton, serving as Secretary of State, did not use a .gov email, but rather, chose to create and maintain her very own personal server and her very own private email to facilitate her email correspondence. Huh.
When these reports began to surface, following on the heels of foreign companies and individuals contributing to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State, it seemed clear that, at the very least, there might be a conflict of interest. Huh.
There are many contradictions in this story beginning with Hillary Clinton’s own statements, some during her brief press conference and from her staff and the State Department attempting to clear up the contradictions arising from past interviews and the recent press conference, as well as exactly what did happen with the emails and the servor.
Here’s the thing: I worked in law for 25 plus years, my last position in the Finance Legal Department of a major bank, before transitioning over to the Washington State Military Department Emergency Management Division’s Alert & Warning Center (does not fit easily on a business card or application, trust me). Information Technology (IT) rules those worlds for both security purposes and public records. From your very first day, then at least once a year (more, if the policy changes), you must endure training on what can and cannot be kept on a business or government computer and what must be retained. You are tracked from that first day until your last day for compliance and IT is relentless in grinding you into compliance. Except, apparently, at the United States State Department.
Mind, our State Department has a long track record of disdaining the need for security and/or intelligence. I’ve a vivid memory of Secretary of State Henry Stimson (1929) shutting down the Cipher Bureau (cryptology) because, “Gentlemen do not read other gentlemen’s mail.”