Friday, May 27, 2016

That's Her Story and She's Sticking To It

What Hillary got wrong (lied about) in her latest statement about her emails:
"Um, just like previous secretaries of state I used a personal email. Many people did. It was not at all unprecedented."
Yes, they had private emails, no they didn't use them exclusively to conduct State Department business.
"I have turned over all my emails. … I have been incredibly open about doing that."
She turned over some emails almost two years after leaving office. She should have turned over all of them immediately after she left the State Department. She deleted 31,000 emails that she said were private before turning any of the others over. She got to decide what was private and what was not, there was no third-party oversight.
"I will continue to be open."
You can't "continue" something you haven't begun.
"It’s not an issue that is going to affect either the campaign or my presidency."
Optimistic, isn't she?

She, or her defenders, have used the excuse that the emails weren't classified at the time, some things got classified after the email conversation. First, the likelihood of information becoming classified at a later time is a good reason to keep all State Department business emails on the government system instead of a private server. Second, it's not a good excuse because it's the content that matters, not whether or not there's a label on the content. If the Secretary of State didn't know what had the potential to become classified, she wasn't qualified to do the job.

And just for comparison
 A Navy sailor entered a guilty plea Friday in a classified information mishandling case that critics charge illustrates a double standard between the treatment of low-ranking government employees and top officials like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus.

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