Some of US President Barack Obama’s high-ranked political appointees are using secret government email accounts, which they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages and spam.
The scale of secret email use across the government remains unknown, as most US agencies have failed to provide lists of political appointees’ email addresses, which AP requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) over three months ago.
The news agency asked for the addresses after it was revealed last year that a former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts during her work, including a secret one under the name ‘Richard Windsor.’
The secret accounts raise suspicions that government officials are trying to hide their actions or decisions from the general public, AP wrote in its report. They also complicate an agency’s legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails in response to relevant requests – an employees assigned to fulfill such requests may not know of a secret account’s existence.
Via RT USA.
Secret email addresses.Spying on reporters.Targeting groups that disagree.This administration SCREAMS transparency & diversity appreciation.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) June 4, 2013
It's like the Obama Administration is the exact opposite of everything it says it is or always has been…Weird
— S.M (@redsteeze) June 4, 2013
"Let me be clear, transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." ~ Barack Obama
— Greg M (@Pqlyur1) June 4, 2013