While Hillary Clinton was using a private email address hosted on her own home-based computer server to conduct State Department business, her agency forced out an ambassador who was doing the same thing overseas.
Retired Air Force General Scott Gration was US ambassador to Kenya for 13 months between 2011 and 2012, departing after a scathing performance report blasted his leadership style and determined that he created security risks by running his own one-person IT department.
The report determined that Gration 'assumed charge of the mission’s information management operations,' in Nairobi, and 'ordered a commercial Internet connection installed in his embassy office bathroom so he could work there on a laptop not connected to the Department email system.'
He also tried to legitimize his actions by writing new policy and distributing it to the embassy staff, saying the use of 'commercial email' for government business was acceptable.
Gration, the State Department's Office of Inspector General wrote, 'continued to use commercial email for official government business' even when investigators were digging into his conduct.
The report noted that he seldom logged on to his official State Department email account; The New York Times later reported that he 'preferred to use Gmail for official business.'
Clinton, the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 2016, came under fire this week for using a private email account – not a State Department 'state.gov' address – to conduct government business.
Her aides, and Obama administration colleagues – including White House personnel – reached her at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' for the four years she was America's top diplomat.Isn't the only reason we know about Hillary's use of a private e-mail account is because of the computer hacker known as Guccifer, who is now in jail?
Clinton’s use of her personal account raises security concerns, as the account of one of her aides, Sidney Blumenthal, was compromised in 2013 by the notorious hacker Guccifer, the Washington Post reported.
The Blumenthal hack also exposed the fact that Clinton had created her own domain, “ clintonemail.com,” to host the email account.
The domain was registered on the same day her confirmation hearings to become Secretary of State began in 2009.Yeah, that's what I thought.