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Colin Powell laid out path for Clinton to use secret email, bypass security


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell showed a marked disregard for cyber security, dismissing fears that using a private computer or personal device could compromise state secrets, according to an email he sent Hillary Clintonsoon after she took office in 2009.

The email, released late Wednesday by congressional Democrats eager to show Mrs. Clinton wasn’t the only former top diplomat to abuse secrecy rules, included a warning from Mr. Powell saying that if the public spotted Mrs. Clintonusing a Blackberry, they would demand to see the emails she was sending.

“Be very careful,” Mr. Powell said. “I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.”

Mrs. Clinton told the FBI that she didn’t follow Mr. Powell’s advice — but her behavior certainly tracks his own.

She used a Blackberry to send email, and kept all of her email communications private for her entire tenure at the department, only turning them over after being prodded by the congressional probe into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. – READ MORE

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