Governor Mitt Romney used private email accounts for state business

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Team Willard has yet to explain why their boss and his staff used private email accounts, nor have they revealed any other details about them, like how often he used them for example, just that they "complied with the law."

So much for accountability.

So much for transparency.

So much for trust in someone who aspires to be president of the United States, a job in which trust is, you know, essential:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and some of his top aides used private email accounts to conduct state business at times when Romney was governor of Massachusetts, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The communications were legal, even though Romney's own administration warned state agencies against the practice due to cyber security concerns. The state archives in Massachusetts — which learned about Romney's emails from the AP — now says the private emails should have invoked rules about preserving copies of state records. [...]

The private email accounts raise questions about why Romney and his aides sometimes bypassed Massachusetts' official communications system — and how many of those emails remain and whether they could be disclosed to the public.

Last November, it was reported that Mitt Romney staffers deleted emails, replaced computers, “obliterated electronic records”.

Maybe instead of pretending to be from the south, Willard could pretend to be forthcoming.

But Brian McNiff, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, which oversees handling of government records, said his office considers private emails used for state business to be government records and subject to preservation rules. "This office would contend they are public records and that retention rules apply," McNifff said.

Laurie Flynn, the department's chief legal counsel said last year that the governor's electronic files were subject to preservation rules.

There are a whole lot of details here. Enjoy.

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