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Inspector General report finds the State Department routinely hid emails during Hillary Clinton’s tenure

August 15, 2015

 I know the headline to this post sounds anticlimactic because it is pretty certain Hillary Clinton was using a personal email server for official State Department business in order to avoid the Oversight Committee and FOIA requests but this is another issue altogether–or perhaps more accurately, an extension of the already existing email scandal. 

  According to this story a recently released report by the State Department Office of Inspector General found that the State Department was hiding additional emails by classifying them in a manner in which they could not be found when searched for.

  Here is more:

 Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department routinely failed to preserve its own emails in order to intentionally hide them from official records.

Clinton-era email use at the State Department was fraught with widespread, intentional concealment, according to an October 2014-March 2015 semiannual report to Congressfiled by the State Department’s office of inspector general (OIG).

Only a fraction of the messages sent by email were stored as “record emails,” according to the report.

“The review of the State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolset (SMART) and Record Email found that, out of the more than 1 billion emails sent in 2011, employees created just over 61,000 official emails; and they created even fewer—41,000—in 2013,” the inspector general found. “OIG recommended that the Department establish policies governing usage and that system designers engage with focus groups to enhance the system’s efficiency.” (p. vii)

  There was a system in place to make sure these emails were properly saved but…

Clinton’s administration did nothing to teach people how to store emails and oversaw the widespread cover-up of emails that should have been kept.

“A 2009 upgrade in the Department’s system facilitated the preservation of emails as official records. However, Department employees had not received adequate training or guidance on their responsibilities for using those systems to preserve ‘record emails,’” according to the OIG report.

“Record email usage varied widely across bureaus and missions. The Bureau of Administration needed to exercise central oversight of the use of the record email function. OIG found that some employees did not create record emails because they did not want to make the email available in searches or feared that this availability would inhibit debate about pending decisions.”

…Hillary Clinton’s regime did nothing to teach its employees how to store them properly. And why would she? After all, it appears as if she was more interested in learning how to delete emails in a manner which kept them deleted.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2015 7:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • August 15, 2015 7:09 pm

      Thank you.

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      • August 16, 2015 6:29 am

        You’re welcome.

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