Seems the Clinton camp will do just about anything to make the email scandal go away.
According to Bloomberg Colin Powell said not to worry about emails floating around.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave Hillary Clinton blunt advice about skirting the rules on using personal e-mail when she started work at the State Department, saying he used a private account on a personal computer to communicate with everyone from friends to foreign leaders.
“What were your restrictions on your use of your blackberry?” Clinton asked in an e-mail to Powell on Jan. 23, 2009. “Did you use it in your personal office?” She said she heard that diplomatic security personnel “knew you had one and used it but no one fesses up to knowing how you used it!”
“I didn’t have a BlackBerry,” Powell responded. “What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient.) So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without going through the State Department servers. I even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels.”
Powell—who is largely remembered as the guy who waved around a fake vial of anthrax at the United Nations prior to the neocons destroying Iraq and slaughtering hundreds of thousands of people—said the real danger was the possibility somebody might find out he was using an unsecured mode of communication.
“Be very careful,” he advised, adding he had circumvented public records laws “by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.”
Clinton had a solution for captured data, however. Her aides used hammers to smash Blackberry devices she bought used on eBay.
Democrats released Powell’s remarks as Republicans moved in for the kill.
Representative Elijah Cummings, top dog Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Republicans should be going after Powell.
“If Republicans were truly concerned with transparency, strengthening FOIA, and preserving federal records, they would be attempting to recover Secretary Powell’s emails from AOL, but they have taken no steps to do so despite the fact that this period—including the run-up to the Iraq War—was critical to our nation’s history,” he said.
The Powell-Clinton email exchange also touched on diplomatic security agents, the State Department’s version of the Secret Service. Powell said he didn’t like them very much and wouldn’t let them in his house or on his property.
No word if Powell used the same approach as Clinton when dealing with Secret Service agents.
She told them to “fuck off” if they had the gall to wish her a good morning.