Secretary of State John Kerry used a personal email account to discuss “secret” information with Hillary Clinton during his time as a senator, the State Department confirmed Tuesday.
The heavily-redacted email, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby, was undoubtedly “sent from a non-official account.”
“The one that we talked about being upgraded to ‘Secret’ was sent from a non-official account, and the account from which it was sent is no longer active,” Kirby said.
Sent from Kerry’s iPad in May of 2011, the email was classified as “secret” before being released Friday over its mention of sensitive U.S. foreign relations.
The few unredacted sections reveal the discussion to be centered around policy in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
“We all know this will be a troubled relationship because that is it’s [sic] nature,” Kerry wrote. “But there are real possibilities at this moment to put options to the test.”
The discovery of yet another high-ranking Obama administration official using a private email to discuss sensitive information hints at an even larger disregard for national security than previously known.
Friday’s release of new Clinton emails also revealed that the State Department had suggested creating a “stand-alone” computer for Clinton in 2009 that would operate outside of the department’s network.
“Days after Clinton was sworn in as secretary of State, department official Lewis Lukens offered to give her a computer that would be ‘connected to the internet (but not through our system) to enable her to check emails from her desk,'” writes The Hill.
According to former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino, who joined the Alex Jones Show earlier this month, Clinton continued using her private email despite knowing that her server had been hacked.