Pentagon chief used personal email account for some official business

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Pentagon chief Carter used personal email account at times, has stopped: statement.

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Ash Carter used a personal email account for some work-related business earlier this year at the Pentagon, although he has since stopped such use of his personal email, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The emails, obtained by the newspaper with a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed that Carter was emailing his then-Chief of Staff, Eric Fanning, and other top aides on their government email accounts. The email issue has dogged Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in the November 2016 election and prompted an FBI investigation.

The Times received copies of 72 work-related emails with the request, and according to the report, the emails were sent from Carter’s iPhone and iPad and discussed things such as television appearances, hotels bills and legislation. The Times had cited an Obama administration official as saying that White House chief of staff Denis McDonough directed the White House Counsel’s Office to ask the Pentagon why Carter was using his own email account when he learned of it in May. He is confident that his work-related email has been and will continue to be preserved within the federal records system.” Email practices of senior U.S. officials has come under intense scrutiny since revelations in March about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to store official emails during her tenure as secretary of state. Cook said Carter does not directly email anyone within the Department of Defence or the US government except “a very small group of senior advisers, usually his chief of staff.” He said Carter does not use his personal or official email “for classified material.”

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