The latest release of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email used for official business revealed that her close aide and confidante Huma Abedin apparently had access to her boss’ account.
In message sent Nov. 11, 2010, from Mrs. Clinton’s email address, Mrs. Abedin indicated that she was the author.
“Hey it’s Huma. She can’t talk right now. She will call when she gets in car. What flight u on? Can u email me on other email?” Mrs. Abedin apparently wrote in the email to Mrs. Clinton’s deputy chief of staff and top foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan.
Mrs. Abedin’s intrusion into Mrs. Clinton’s email account was first reported by the Guardian.
Cybersecurity expert Alex McGeorge said the arrangement raised concerns.
“Am I surprised that aides had access to her email? No I am not. Is that a security no-no. Yes,” said Mr. McGeorge, a senior researcher at cybersecurity firm Immunity Inc.
“For someone as high profile as Mrs. Clinton, you want as few people having access to that account as possible. However, the logistics of being Hillary Clinton are probably formidable enough that she requires help,” he said.
Mrs. Clinton’s longtime aide has come under scrutiny for her own use of private email on the job and her unusual employment arrangement at the State Department, which allowed her to simultaneously work for the government and Teneo Holdings.
The work with Teneo, a business advisory firm run by longtime Clinton crony Douglas Band, raised potential conflicts of interest that are under investigation by the State Department Inspector General.