Breaking: Clinton Gave Staffers Addresses Too

from the it's-turtles-all-the-way-down dept

There has been quite a kerfuffle around the apparent fact that Hillary Clinton solely used her personal email account for government business. This piqued my curiosity, especially since I've been playing with a service called Conspire lately.

Conspire is a startup that analyzes your email and then seeks to provide you with an email chain with which to introduce you to the desired person. So, say I wanted to email my current business crush, Marcus Lemonis, Conspire's system found a path with which I could ask for an introduction. In my case, my friend Espree could email her friend Nathan for an introduction to Marcus. Neat. I can definitely see how Conspire could become a useful tool, albeit one that raises some very interesting privacy questions.

So, I looked for Hillary Clinton's now famous email address in Conspire. No luck. Conspire is still growing, so I suppose it makes sense that none of its members have yet to email Hillary. But then I tried just the domain in the search, and got one hit. Huma Abedin, Hillary's long-time aide, had an email address with the domain in Conspire's records. Unfortunately, I have no connection path to Ms. Abedin, so I can't ask the system to facilitate an introduction, but it is fascinating. What other Clinton staffers were using email addresses at the domain? Seems like at least one was.
Huma Abedin's Page on
To be fair, Abedin not only was Clinton's deputy chief of staff in the State Department, but she also continued to work for Clinton after Clinton left office. It is possible that she only got the email address after leaving the government, but it certainly raises some serious questions about whether or not other State Department staffers were provided private clintonemail addresses to avoid transparency requirements. In fact, Politico is reporting specifically that Abedin and other staffers used non-government email addresses while in the State Department, which suggests the clintonemail address may have come earlier:
Clinton’s personal aide, Huma Abedin, and her communications adviser, Philippe Reines, regularly used unofficial email accounts for work-related email, former colleagues said.
This also makes me wonder what other new communications mediums our government officials are using. Could world leaders be SnapChatting each other? Or perhaps sending international YO's? Or trolling each other on YikYak? And, if they are, are they complying with records retention laws?
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    tqk (profile), 4 Mar 2015 @ 12:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Don't they work for us?

    "It's really cute the way you think citizens are the bosses and elected representatives are employees."

    I think that it's a bad idea to make fun of people for this.

    The truth hurts. "Of the people, by the people, for the people ..." contains about as much truth and reality today as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy combined. If the Internet's done anything, it's at least shown the world what a crock of !@#$ all that "American Exceptionalism" is worth. It's BS. Your elections are staged by the incumbents, your cops kill twice as many civilians as the FBI is willing to admit even while they rob you blind assuming your stuff is forfeit due to the Drug War, and you have to be a millionaire (at least) to get an education or survive a lawsuit. I won't even bother with affordable health care or prescription drugs. Meanwhile, you're no less racist than you were at the end of the Civil War, and that may even be getting worse. Jeffrey Stirling and John Kiriaku go to jail, and Petraeus gets a wave. For what purpose, other than to hide illegality, would a Sec. of State former FLOTUS ignore rules on email?

    I am *so* glad I'm not subject to the crap you people suffer, and pay your taxes for, daily. The world will rejoice when the USA collapses and breaks up into multiple warring, Balkanized provinces, disappearing into history. Good riddance!

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