Nikki Haley Used Unsecured Emails For Classified Info After Losing Her Password

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Nikki Haley used the State Department's unsecured email system to communicate with staff after losing her password.

Yet another Trump administration official has been found to have used unsecured email to conduct sensitive government business, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

Emails uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act request by watchdog organization American Oversight reveal that former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley lost her password for sending classified emails and used the State Department’s unsecured email system instead.

The incident took place as the Trump administration was in crisis mode, following North Korea’s July 2017 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking Alaska.

Haley was rushing to her office, “shooting emails back and forth with top aides who’d been with her since she was governor of South Carolina,” The Daily Beast said. Her aides were drafting a statement, and Haley provided instruction via unsecured email: “Let’s clean this up,” she wrote after reviewing the copy. “Pretty this up for me.”

An email sent the following day revealed the reason Haley was using the wrong email: “Can’t find my password for the high side."

New York Magazine noted that much of the information in the unsecured emails American Oversight obtained was redacted, meaning the public cannot know exactly what hackers might have found if they accessed the messages.

The Daily Beast noted that although Haley was using the department’s email server — and not her own personal system, as Hillary Clinton was caught doing — “State Department communications often are targeted by hackers, and the Russians, Chinese, Iranians—and North Koreans—have some of the most effective.”

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