Hillary sent cable barring State Dept. officials from using personal email for business
“Rules are for thee, not for me” could be Hillary Clinton’s motto, and we have proof. Fox News obtained a copy of a cable sent to State Department employees admonishing them to not use private emails for official business.
Sent to diplomatic and consular staff in June 2011, the unclassified cable, bearing Clinton's electronic signature, made clear to employees they were expected to "avoid conducting official Department business from your personal e-mail accounts." The message also said employees should not "auto-forward Department email to personal email accounts which is prohibited by Department policy.”
Since Mrs. Clinton did not even have an official email account, obviously she was using personal email in violation of the policy. Her cable cited specifics:
The cited section from the Foreign Affairs Manual states: “It is the Department’s general policy that normal day-to-day operations be conducted on an authorized AIS [the authorized department information system] which has the proper level of security control to provide nonrepudiation, authentication and encryption, to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the resident information. … Employees should be aware that transmissions from the Department’s OpenNet to and from non-U.S. Government Internet addresses, and other .gov or .mil addresses, unless specifically directed through an approved secure means, traverse the Internet unencrypted.”
Hillary’s policy seems to have had teeth – at least when others are concerned:
In addition to the 2011 cable, a 2012 inspector general report chastised a former ambassador to Kenya for – among other issues – using commercial email to do official business. That ambassador, Scott Gration, resigned shortly before the scathing IG report was released.
Explaining this away is going to a huge task for Hillary. And fun for me to watch.