A 2011 internal State Department memo, electronically signed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admonished employees from using private email accounts when conducting official business because of security concerns.
Clinton had, by that time, been using her own private email account exclusively for State Department business for three years.
The cable also reminded staff they should not “auto-forward Department email to personal email accounts which is prohibited by Department policy,” according to Fox News, which procured a copy of the unclassified memo.
The cable, dated June 28, 2011, can be read in its entirety here.
The following year, Scott Gration, then U.S. ambassador to Kenya, was forced out of office. One of the offenses cited was his continued use of a private email account in violation of State Department policy as set forth in Clinton’s cable, according to The Daily Caller.
“The Ambassador’s greatest weakness is his reluctance to accept clear-cut U.S. Government decisions … [including prohibition against the] use of commercial email for official government business, including sensitive but unclassified information,” said the inspector general’s August 2012 report on the ambassador’s activities.
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