Hillary Clinton’s closest confidantes mused about the risks of using private email accounts even as they were corresponding with their boss who used one exclusively, according to new State Department emails released on Wednesday.
In one June 2011 email, recently-departed Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote that senior State Department officials, “routinely end up using their home email accounts” due to the antiquated nature of the State Department’s technology, and that someone inside or outside the Department should issue a statement or op-ed on the “woeful state” of affairs.
Clinton originally agrees with this suggestion, writing to her aides that it “makes sense” to do this, but her chief of staff quickly shoots the idea down.
Cheryl Mills, her top aide, indicates that someone had previously tried to hack her email — “as someone who attempted to be hacked [sic] (yes I was one),” she wrote — she didn’t want the public to know how common the practice of using a non-official email account was.
“I am not sure we want to telegraph how much folks do or don’t do off state mail b/c it may encourage others who are out there,” Mills wrote.