But What About Your Emails, Vice President Pence?
Seems like he can dish it out but he can’t take it.
“Vice President Mike Pence is in his own fight with a pillar of the establishment media, tweeting a letter he sent to the Associated Press after the organization published his wife’s private email address in a story earlier this week.”
“The Pences’ private email addresses were published Friday within 29 pages of old AOL emails uncovered by the Indianapolis Star through an open records request as part of an in-depth report that revealed that the former governor used a private email account that appeared to sidestep public records laws.”
“On Saturday, Pence tweeted that the publication “violat[ed] her privacy and our security.” He followed up with a second tweet that included an image of a letter his attorney sent to the AP requesting his wife’s email address be redacted from the story and demanding a public apology.”
He didn’t worry about violating Hillary’s privacy and security. And it’s his own fault: his use of private email for public business is what put his wife’s private email out there.
Ironically, Pence and President Donald Trump were the beneficiaries of thousands of leaked private emails sent by Hillary Clinton and her top campaign adviser, John Podesta, during last year’s campaign as they excoriated her own use of a private email account while conducting official government business.
Mike Pence’s level of hypocrisy here is something to behold:
“During the campaign, the entire Republican Party argued that despite Hillary Clinton’s copious qualifications for the presidency, it would be unconscionably dangerous to let her anywhere near the Oval Office because she had used a private email account while she was secretary of state. Crowds at Republican events would chant “Lock her up!” whenever Clinton’s name was mentioned. In one debate, Donald Trump said to Clinton that if he were president, “You’d be in jail.” With FBI Director James Comey’s help, Trump and Republicans made Clinton’s use of private email the single most important issue of the 2016 presidential campaign.”
“Which is why this story from Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star is so interesting:
Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues.
Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.
Cyber-security experts say the emails raise concerns about whether such sensitive information was adequately protected from hackers, given that personal accounts like Pence’s are typically less secure than government email accounts. In fact, Pence’s personal account was hacked last summer.
“Well, fancy that. When Mike Pence was debating Tim Kaine and said, “it’s important in this moment to remember that Hillary Clinton had a private server in her home that had classified information on it,” adding that “her private server was subject to being hacked” and “we could put cybersecurity first if we just make sure the next secretary of state doesn’t have a private server,” did he consider adding that he knew what he was talking about since he used an AOL account to talk about sensitive security matters and had himself been hacked?”
“The parallels don’t stop there. According to the article, “Pence’s office said his campaign hired outside counsel as he was departing as governor to review his AOL emails and transfer any involving public business to the state.” Which was exactly what Hillary Clinton did — and what Pence and Trump so vehemently criticized her for. When Trump invited the Russian government to hack Clinton’s email to recover what had been deleted, it was those personal emails he was talking about.”
But their emails!
“And Pence is not the only one: Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator, not only used a private email account to conduct official business as attorney general of Oklahoma, he lied about it during his confirmation hearings.”
“In late January, we learned that top White House officials, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner and Sean Spicer, were using email addresses from the Republican National Committee — with a private server! Once the story broke their addresses were deleted, but presumably had it remained secret, they would have continued to use them.”
Wait a minute?! What? I thought that defeating Hillary Clinton would mean that no one anywhere in the government would ever use private email much less a private server again. All these people who voted for proper email server management must feel so disillusioned like they don’t know what to believe.
“That’s not the only cybersecurity issue we still have to worry about. At the end of January, the New York Times reported that Trump was still using his old, unsecured Android phone, which is unbelievably reckless for the president of the United States. As Wired magazine put it, “All it takes is clicking on one malicious link or opening one untoward attachment — either of which can appear as though it were sent from a trusted source — to compromise the device. From there, the phone could be infected with malware that spies on the network the device is connected to, logs keystrokes, takes over the camera and microphone for surreptitious recording, and more.”
“According to some reports, the phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3, which is five years old and is no longer supported with security patches.”
Everything we know about Trump’s habits is that he’s the most haphazard person in Washington DC on IT security. He had the Android out at Margo Lago-as he violated the Constitution by having people pay to see him-while discussing North Korea.
But her emails! During the election if Hitler himself ran against Hillary, Chris Cillizza would have been like: ‘Ok, Hitler did the Holocaust and that’s bad. No question about it. But her emails!’
Shocking to realize now that this zeal for email server management was anything less than fully sincere. I just don’t know what to believe anymore.
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