(REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff also used personal emails to conduct state business, possibly contradicting assurances that her team’s communications took place on government servers.
The New York Times reported on Monday that Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner in 2016, emailed her top aides on their private email accounts when discussing the attack on the diplomacy facility in Benghazi, Libya.
“Did we survive the day?” Clinton wrote to a close adviser after being grilled by House Republicans about the 2012 incident.
The report casts new doubts on whether Clinton was being entirely truthful when she said the “vast majority” of her emails intentionally included a State Department address to ensure they were captured by government servers.
Clinton made that claim two weeks ago at a chaotic news conference in which she repeatedly insisted she did nothing wrong by exclusively using a personal email server as secretary of state. Critics accuse Clinton of trying to avoid the official disclosure process. According to The Times, this practice also violated federal guidelines.
Additionally, the report raises questions about the security of Clinton’s emails, which could have been made even more vulnerable by including the personal emails of her aides. Experts previously told Business Insider that Clinton’s email practice raised security concerns about whether the messages traveled over the unencrypted public internet.
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