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Carter Emails Released: 'Wind Is Not My Style'

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Friday, 18 Dec 2015 01:00 PM

Among the work-related emails that Defense Secretary Ash Carter handled with his personal, unsecured email account was a message from a group promoting cybersecurity. Oh, the irony.

The Pentagon on Friday released 34 pages of Carter emails that he sent or received on his personal account.

None of the Carter email correspondence released by the Pentagon included classified material, although they covered only the period from April 1-30. In one, he complained about too many "windy" transitions in a speech draft, saying "wind is not my style."

Carter acknowledged on Thursday he sometimes used a personal, unsecured email account to conduct official business after he took office in February, a practice he called "entirely my mistake."

His admission followed a New York Times report revealing that he continued the practice even after Hillary Clinton triggered a wave of criticism in March for using a private email account to conduct government business while she was secretary of state. The FBI and several congressional committees are investigating Clinton.

Presidential chief of staff Denis McDonough found out in May about Carter's emailing and, through White House counsel, expressed concern to Pentagon lawyers, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Carter nonetheless persisted, telling reporters Thursday that he ended the practice "a few months ago."

Carter said he did not use his phone for classified information. The Defense Department said all his messages, which appeared to be largely about meetings and speeches, were backed up for record keeping on the department's email system.

Earnest made clear that Carter had erred in his email practices, but he said the consequences did not seem significant. He said the Pentagon had expressed willingness to cooperate with congressional inquiries.

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Among the work-related emails that Defense Secretary Ash Carter handled with his personal, unsecured email account was a message from a group promoting cybersecurity. Oh, the irony.
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