Although a man in his position should be more careful, Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a personal email account to conduct some official government business, leading the Senate Armed Services Committee to conduct an investigation, says The Washington Post.
Ash Carter admitted to reporters during his visit in Iraq that it was “entirely my mistake, entirely on me”, regretting that he used a personal email installed on his iPhone, rather than a secure professional account. His excuse was that he doesn’t generally use email much, confirms the same source.
Mr. Carter takes all the blame upon him
“That I shouldn’t have been doing. Particularly someone in my position, and with the sensitivities about this issue, should have known better. It’s not like I didn’t have the opportunity to understand what the right thing to do is. I didn’t do the right thing. This is entirely on me.”, said Ash Carter on Thursday. In his defense, Carter is not the first to make such a mistake. When she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton also used a personal email server for government business.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Ash Carter is trying to make amends. “He indicated that he didn’t frequently use personal email for government work. He says that those emails did not jeopardize the proper protection of classified information. It clearly is a mistake because it runs counter to our policy.”, said Earnest, according to The Washington Post.
Further investigation will be made
But Carter’s mistake will be investigated carefully, especially now with all these public attention. “The Senate Armed Services Committee has requested copies of the emails and will be conducting a review to ensure that sensitive information was not compromised.”, stated Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, quoted by the same source.