I think it's time for me to weigh in on the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. Now, I never liked her; she is normally a showpiece of industrial-strength arrogance with tones of hypocrisy, but I believe that every occurrence should be evaluated independently. In this case, though, she not only displays arrogance and hypocrisy, but also an almost unheard-of level of corruption.
A few words on the case, to correct people's misunderstandings: Hillary Clinton was not using a commercial e-mail service. That would be forgivable; she could easily say that it was for ease of use, as connecting to a webmail server like Hotmail or GMail is much easier than having to memorise the complex strings of information needed to connect to an old-fashioned eMail server without a webmail "gateway". Before Hotmail, connecting to an eMail server meant memorising SIX strings of information: two numbers, two "server names" (one for incoming, one for outgoing), and the username and password. This was not the case. Clinton used an old-school physical server---as in, a mainframe computer located in the basement of her house. This server was registered to one Eric Hoteham, a name that didn't exist; it was assumed to be a pseudonym, until it turned out to be the mis-spelled name of the Clintons' IT guy since 1997, Erik Hothem. Hothem wouldn't spell his name wrong on the application for a domain, but Hillary would, to add an additional layer of "protection" from the "prying eyes" of the people.
Then, when the people could not be ignored any longer, Hillary says that she will release her work eMail, but personal stuff, like communication between her and Bill, will be destroyed. So, she releases thirty thousand eMail messages to the State Department, destroys the other thirty thousand, and says that basically personal is personal, and that it's mostly between her and Bill. Who decides which eMails are personal and which are business? Why, the Great Architect of the Universe, the Prime Mover Unmoved, God Herself: Hillary Clinton, who is well-known for lying like a rug. Remember when she said on live television that Iraqi snipers were shooting at her---and they weren't? She didn't lie, she mis-spoke! Oh, yes, and Bill Clinton doesn't use eMail! He has written an eMail only twice in his political life: once to complain about the Internet connection, and once to wish someone a Happy Christmas. Who's to say that those thirty thousand eMails aren't between her and Bibi Netanyahu, saying something like, it's okay to make a nuclear bomb, Bibi, honest!
Oh, yeah, and her lies about not having more than one device---that she likes to use one device for business and for pleasure. Again, bullshit. When the question was put to her way back when (still as SecState) she said that she had two devices: a BlackBerry and an iPhone. She said that she disliked Android---shitty taste in phones, but I digress. One CrackBerry and one iPhone does not make one phone. It makes two! As in, more than one! She might easily have kept one device for pleasure and one for business (that's the way many of us normal people do it), and a separate eMail address on both. Even if it's the homebrew server in her basement.
Now, about the gaps in her eMail messages. There is a picture---some might call it iconic---floating around the Web somewhere, of her in the seat of a military 'plane en route to Libya, iPhone in hand, obviously sending eMails like a madman. Funny how there aren't any eMails from that day... in fact, funny how there aren't any eMails from that whole trip! Of course I don't think those missing thirty thousand eMails were personal. You know how it's really broken down? The thirty thousand eMails that were saved were all sent to people in the American government, i.e. they can be subpoenaed. Hilary was SecState, though. That means, she sent eMails to people in foreign countries. You can't subpoena Bibi Netanyahu's eMails, or Ahmadinejad's!
It's also ironic how Hillary was the author of State's eMail security policy. Now, policy isn't law. It doesn't mean that anyone who breaks the policy is committing an offence or a crime. It does mean, however, that anyone who breaks the policy will be fired! The policy said, quite clearly, that "vanity domains" (that thing on the end of an eMail address, you know, the 'gmail.com' part) and private servers are strictly prohibited. Isn't it ironic how the person who wrote that policy is doing specifically what it says never to do?
Look, I know what they say about honest politicians: that they are an extinct species. Unfortunately, I also think that politicians that can lie plausibly are also an extinct species. So are the ones that practice what they preach, and Hillary sure does preach.