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State Dept.: Hillary's BlackBerry Photo Launched Email Probe

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By    |   Friday, 10 Jun 2016 01:15 PM

The famous photograph of Hillary Clinton wearing dark sunglasses while using her BlackBerry launched questions into whether she was using an official State Department email or her own private email account, it was revealed during a deposition in a Freedom of Information Act case this week.

The State Department's Director of Executive Secretariat Staff Karin M. Lang said Clarence Finney, who had been in charge of an office handling FOIA searches in 2011 when the photo first appeared in the media, "checked with [information management staff] to confirm ... whether the answer was still that she did not have a State.gov e-mail account," reports Politico.

Meanwhile, before last spring, Clinton herself used the photograph, taken while she was en route to Libya, as part of her own social media branding, including as a profile shot on Twitter, reports New York Magazine.

Lang's testimony came during depositions for a FOIA lawsuit brought by conservative watchdogs Judicial Watch, which is seeking records concerning the employment of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The State Department picked Lang as a witness to offer testimony for the agency.

Former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills has already been deposed, and Abedin and current Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy are scheduled to be deposed by the end of June. Several current and former department officials have also testified.

Lang said this week that "like her predecessor, she would not use an official account," and after the photo appeared, Finney got the same answer, that Clinton "still did not have a State.gov account."

Finney, though, is not able to recall who had told him in 2008 or 2009, that the former secretary did not plan to use an official State Department account, said Lang.

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The famous photograph of Hillary Clinton wearing dark sunglasses while using her BlackBerry launched questions into whether she was using an official State Department email or her own private email account, it was revealed during a deposition in a Freedom of Information Act case this week.
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