Hillary Clinton has now spoken out after it’s become apparent that she’d used a personal email server during her stint as US Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013. Despite what her actions may suggest, she wants you to be able to read her email.
Those in positions of state officialdom are supposed to use official email accounts — partly for security purposes, partly for the sake of transparency. Hillary Clinton instead used a private email address and home-brew email server to avoid doing so. Now, on Twitter, she’s explained:
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.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 5, 2015
The State Department has since issued a release to explain that you shouldn’t be in a hurry to rifle through Clinton’s email though:
“The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the Department, using a normal process that guides such releases. We will undertake this review as soon as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete.”
Of course, volunteering to make your emails publicly available after the event isn’t quite the same spirit of transparency as that encouraged by the state. And none of this goes any way to justifying why Clinton thought using her own email address was a good idea. We’ll have to wait and see if what’s made available is worth reading. [The Verge]