“Hillary Clinton used a private email account to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state, and made no effort to turn over any of those messages to the government to archive until it asked late last year. That revelation, first reported by the New York Times on Monday night and later confirmed by the State Department, has opened up the once-and-future White House hopeful to the latest round of criticism about her and her husband’s transparency, or lack thereof.
“The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton’s emails – on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state – traced back to an internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York, according to internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.
“The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message archives. It also would distinguish Clinton’s secretive email practices as far more sophisticated than some politicians, including Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, who were caught conducting official business using free email services operated by Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc.
“Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails. And since the Secret Service was guarding Clinton’s home, an email server would have been well protected from theft or a physical hacking.
“But homebrew email servers are generally not as reliable, secure from hackers, or protected from fires or floods as those in commercial data centers. Those professional facilities provide monitoring for viruses or hacking attempts, regulated temperatures, off-site backups, generators in case of power outages, fire-suppression systems and redundant communication lines.
However, speaking exclusively to Newslo, Clinton said that her privacy is her own “for good reason.”
“I can certainly understand why everybody is upset and nervous. But, I can assure you I haven’t done anything wrong. That being said, I must point out that my own personal business is exactly that – my own personal business! No one should be interested in what I use my private emails for. Again, I can understand the concern, but whether I privately call President Obama a d*ck or not is nobody else’s concern,” she said.
“I’m a big girl and I know what I’m doing. After all, I don’t see Palin and Romney subjected to this much public pressure. Maybe this simply has to do with the fact that I’m a Democrat. Well, [right now] I’m not changing parties, so all you haters out there – eat your heart out,” she concluded.