Originally Posted by otc
To be fair...the article itself says that John Kerry is the first secretary of state to primarily use a state.gov email, and email has been around a lot longer than the Obama administration.
Still kind of a WTF though. How hard is it to set up and use an email address?
I don't know anything about State, and certainly didn't operate at Hilary's level when I was living off your taxes. But it's not even a question of whether it's hard to set up an email address. Generally speaking, you're assigned a .gov email address as part of the onboarding process as a new employee. It's an automatic kind of deal. Maybe it's different for Cabinet members, but I tend to doubt it. My assumption would be that she had
a state.gov email address but didn't use it.
I'm perfectly willing to assume nefarious motives here, but I will note:
.gov email addresses tend not to be very creative in their naming conventions. So if you're a well-known government employee, I can imagine that your official government email inbox can quickly become overwhelming to sort through. Even as an unimportant fish in a small pond, I used to get a fairly steady stream of crazymail, solicitations, etc. Junk mail screeners are only somewhat effective at managing this. So I can see setting up a separate email for priority stuff that you want to come immediately to your attention. But (as I understand happened here) operating entirely outside the official email network strikes me as harder to explain reasonably.