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Pence Slams AP for Publishing Wife's Email Address in Report on Hacking

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By    |   Saturday, 04 Mar 2017 06:15 PM

Vice President Mike Pence Saturday slammed The Associated Press for publishing his wife's private email address in a report Friday about how he fought media requests to view public records, including those from a private email account he used as Indiana's governor that was later hacked.

Pence ripped AP on Twitter:

Pence demanded that AP remove the reference from its report, but "they refused," he said:

The news service reported Friday that Pence "used the account to discuss homeland security and other official matters" a day after The Indianapolis Star disclosed that he had used the AOL account and that it had been hacked.

The AP disclosed the private email accounts of both Pence and his wife, Karen, farther down in the article.

"Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, have used their private accounts — mpence1314@aol.com and kspence1314@aol.com — to conduct official business dating back to at least 2013, according to separate records obtained by the AP."

Pence's AOL account "was subjected to a phishing scheme last spring," the service reported, before President Donald Trump had selected him as his running mate.

"Pence's contacts were sent an email falsely claiming that the governor and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and needed money," according to the report.

Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said in a statement last Saturday: "AP removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account. The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues."

Pence's posts were re-tweeted by MSNBC host Greta Van Susteren, who blasted AP for "bad judgment":

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