March 4, 2015

Did The Defense Department Lie To A Journalist To Avoid Releasing Emails?

In the wake of the still-unraveling Hillary Clinton private email scandal (Emailgate? Bcc:ghazi?), it’s reemerged that late last year, the Defense Department revealed to a journalist that former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also did not have an official email.

Here’s a tweet from VICE News’ Jason Leopold on November 30, 2014:

Leopold later posted the full email denying his Freedom of Information Act request, which indeed stated that “the Secretary of Defense does not maintain an official e-mail account.”

It’d be bad enough if it were the case that two Obama cabinet secretaries somehow managed not to have official email accounts for their entire tenure. But complicating matters was a tweet from Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin indicating that Hagel DID have an official email account.


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