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Nikki Haley lost her password, so she sent sensitive info over unclassified system

Enlarge / Ambassador Nikki Haley listens at the United Nations.United States Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers / Flickr

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sent sensitive material over a network reserved only for unclassified material because she forgot her password for classified communications, The Daily Beast reported.

The event happened on July 4 and July 5, 2017, after North Korea had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska. As she and her staff scrambled to draft a statement responding to the test, Haley reportedly used her BlackBerry 10 to trade comments over the OpenNet, a State Department network for communicating sensitive, but not classified, information.

“Cant find my password,” she wrote on July 5. Other messages instructed staff to make changes to the preliminary statement versions they had drafted.

The revelation was disclosed in emails watchdog organization American Oversight obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The incident comes after Haleys boss, President Donald Trump, castigated his campaign rival Hillary Clinton for sending classified material over her private email server. His chant to “lock her up” became a constant refrain for him and his supporters.

Its arguable that the OpenNet is more secure than a private email address. Still, theres a reason the State Department system isnt suitable for transmitting classified material. Last year, Politico reported that the State Departments unclassified email system suffered a breach that exposed the personal information of a small number of employeeRead More – Source

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