The gang that couldn't email straight

The latest revelation in what must be called a mass security email catastrophe comes via Robert Burns of AP:

 Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department.

The 1,336 pages of emails and attachments from Carter's personal account were released late Friday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by The Associated Press and other news organizations. None contained classified information, and most pertained to routine business such as scheduling and logistics.

The Pentagon has long banned the use of personal email for official business. Carter's use of his personal email account, starting when he took office in February 2015, was especially remarkable given the burst of public criticism that followed disclosures in March that Hillary Clinton had used a private email account exclusively to conduct government business while she was secretary of state.

The mind boggles. What could possibly cause such cavalier behavior in the face of an existing crisis?

When the New York Times was first to report Carter's use of a personal email account, on Dec. 17, Carter aides said his actions were a mistake and that he had quit the practice.

The emails released Friday show that while he used the personal account much less frequently starting in about September, he did not halt the practice entirely until December.

A “mistake”? What, he couldn’t tell what email account he was using?

He stopped when he was about to be exposed. So I guess he could tell.

A friend writes:

Secretary of State. Secretary of Defense. Director of the CIA.

Every one of them broke the law on intelligence information.

Our enemies don’t need spies.

 

The latest revelation in what must be called a mass security email catastrophe comes via Robert Burns of AP:

 Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department.

The 1,336 pages of emails and attachments from Carter's personal account were released late Friday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by The Associated Press and other news organizations. None contained classified information, and most pertained to routine business such as scheduling and logistics.

The Pentagon has long banned the use of personal email for official business. Carter's use of his personal email account, starting when he took office in February 2015, was especially remarkable given the burst of public criticism that followed disclosures in March that Hillary Clinton had used a private email account exclusively to conduct government business while she was secretary of state.

The mind boggles. What could possibly cause such cavalier behavior in the face of an existing crisis?

When the New York Times was first to report Carter's use of a personal email account, on Dec. 17, Carter aides said his actions were a mistake and that he had quit the practice.

The emails released Friday show that while he used the personal account much less frequently starting in about September, he did not halt the practice entirely until December.

A “mistake”? What, he couldn’t tell what email account he was using?

He stopped when he was about to be exposed. So I guess he could tell.

A friend writes:

Secretary of State. Secretary of Defense. Director of the CIA.

Every one of them broke the law on intelligence information.

Our enemies don’t need spies.