An embarrassed Hillary Clinton has defended her position regarding the use of a private server and e-mail account for all communications during her stint as Secretary of State in the first leg of the Obama administration.
Speaking at the United Nations in New York, she said that convenience was the real cause for using private e-mails. She never thought it would be a public issue during that time.
“As secretary of state, I opted for convenience to use my personal account because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for work and personal emails,” she said.
USA Today reported that Clinton admitted she has deleted about 30,000 e-mails that were deemed personal. The rest, another 30,000 e-mails for official purposes, are with the state departments.
Clinton reiterated she never allowed an independent third party to look at her e-mail server. This is a denial to criticisms that open possibilities for a breach of federal secrecy laws.
“In going through the emails, there were over 60,000 in total, sent and received,” she said, as quoted by the Associated Press. “About half were work-related and went to the State Department, and about half were personal that were not in any way related to my work. I had no reason to save them.”
Clinton further said the personal e-mails that were deleted included mails from her daughter about her 2010 marriage, mails about her mother’s funeral and mails from her husband and former president, Bill Clinton.
She also explained it is the responsibility of any federal employee to determine what is personal and what is official, and she did just that. Therefore, she claims that there is no need for outside observers to assess the mails sent and received by her.
The e-mail controversy serves as a spoiler for the start of her campaign for the 2016 Presidential elections. However, she is not keen to give a lot of importance to this issue as she has fulfilled her duty to hand over all remaining messages to the state department.