Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has a lot to explain. Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration successor to Powell, and her campaign have released “evidence” of advisory emails from Powell. In the emails, he explainins why he also used a private computer and server for convenience during his tenure.
The Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday released the following email from Powell [dated January 23, 2009]:
“What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient). So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels, I even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the Department on their personal email accounts.”
Now, let’s take into consideration that during Powell’s time as secretary of state, cyber-security and foreign hacking were not as extensively known or committed due to lacking technology. So regardless, Clinton should still have used the government servers she was issued (and not lie about it constantly). However, Powell’s advice to bypass regulations is unnerving.
Clinton’s initial email sent to Powell was the following: “What were the restrictions on your use of your blackberry? President Obama has struck a blow for berry addicts like us. I just have to figure out how to bring along the State Dept. Any and all advice is welcome.”
Powell cautions Clinton on using her berry as a means of government communication, but then encourages it in his response: “Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.”
It’s clearer than ever the Clinton campaign is attempting to pin all of her email problems on Powell, becoming the official scapegoat to improve Clinton’s chances to win the election and resonate a trustworthier image with voters.
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