WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton disregarded state department cybersecurity guidelines by using a private email account and server, an internal audit found on Wednesday. Her staff twice brushed aside specific concerns that she wasn’t following federal rules.
The inspector general’s review also revealed that hacking attempts forced then-secretary of state Clinton off email at one point in 2011, though she insists the personal server she used was never breached. Clinton and several of her senior staff declined to be interviewed for the state department investigation.
Earlier this month, Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, stressed that she was happy to “talk to anybody, anytime” aboutthematter and would encourage her staff to do the same.
The 78-page analysis says Clinton ignored clear directives. She never sought approval to conduct government business over private email, and never demonstrated the server or the Blackberry she used while in office “met minimum information security requirements.”
Twice in 2010, information management staff at the state department raised concerns that Clinton’s email practices failed to meet federal records-keeping requirements. The staff’s director responded that Clinton’s personal email system had been reviewed and approved by legal staff, “and that the matter was not to be discussed any further.”