Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, used a personal email to conduct official business — as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did — according to a new State Department report.
Many State Department staff used their private accounts to both send and receive these emails, the State Department’s inspector general found in an investigation of Kennedy’s embassy in Tokyo.
“Senior embassy staff, including the ambassador, used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business,” investigators wrote in the report, released Tuesday. “In addition, (investigators) identified instances where emails labeled sensitive but unclassified were sent from, or received by, personal email accounts.”
The watchdog report said that Kennedy’s practices were against State Department policy and put the agency at risk. But State Department spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that there was “absolutely no indication” that she had violated the department’s rules.
“In accordance with department policy, the mission requires the use of official email accounts to conduct official business whenever possible,” Kirby said. “There’s absolutely no indication that (Kennedy) violated department policy.”
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SOURCE: CNN, Theodore Schleifer