Clinton Addresses Email Brouhaha

Asks State to review, release communications from private account
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2015 6:27 AM CST
Updated Mar 5, 2015 7:59 AM CST
Clinton: 'I Want the Public to See My Email'
In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta bound for Tripoli, Libya.   (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)

Hillary Clinton's personal email account may soon head for the public domain after all. Following news that a House committee on Benghazi would subpoena her emails, the former secretary of state tweeted yesterday, "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible." That won't be instantaneous, says a State Department rep, who notes that "given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete." Aides for Clinton, who exclusively used a personal email account while at the State Department, say she believed her emails would be collected as they were sent to government accounts, CNN reports. One adds "nine out of 10 emails that she sent over the course of her tenure went to the State Department."

Others, however, have criticized her use of personal email as having made government communications vulnerable to attackers, because, as an ACLU technology expert tells Wired, "although the American people didn't know about this, it's almost certain that foreign intelligence agencies did, just as the NSA knows which Indian and Spanish officials use Gmail and Yahoo accounts." Clinton's email account was traced to a server registered to "Eric Hoteham." That's actually a typo: Former Clinton aide Eric P. Hothem now works in finance, the New York Times reports. Another former aide, Justin Cooper, registered the domain name,, which expires in 2017. The Times notes having an address from was "a symbol of status within the family's inner circle, conferring prestige and closeness to the secretary." Chelsea Clinton and longtime aide Huma Abedin are two within that group, though Chelsea's used a pseudonym: Diane Reynolds. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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