A question about Clinton’s ‘homegrown’ email

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her email in 2011.

Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Let’s say that you received an email from hdr22@clintonemail.com sometime between 2009 and 2013.

What would you have thought?

“Oh, hey, I’ve gotten an email from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? Must be important.”

Or maybe this?

“Oh, hey, I’ve gotten an email from the worst spammer/phisher ever? Must delete it.”

Personally, I’m going with the latter, which makes me wonder how many times Secretary of State Clinton sent email to people who simply deleted it out of an abundance of common sense.

Oh, sure, once you’re in on the game and you know that hdr22@clintonemail.com really is the real Hillary Clinton, you are fine (unless you know how easy it is to spoof an email address).

But what about the first time?

There had to have been an entry in the State Department employee-orientation manual that covered this scenario: “Be advised that if you receive an email from hdr22@clintonemail.com – do not; repeat, do not – delete it. That is in fact the email address being used by the secretary of state.”

Even then I would have been suspicious that it was some kind of security-clearance test: Let’s see who opens the email and we’ll know that person can’t be trusted with anything more sensitive than a lunch menu.

(UPDATE: The Reuters file photo above by photographer Kevin Lamarque is all over the Internet today, and not for the first time. Lamarque told the story behind the photo to Poynter in 2012.)

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