Rice aides, Powell got classified info on personal email accounts

Former U.S. Secretary of State Powell salutes the audience as he takes the stage at the Washington Ideas Forum in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and aides to his successor, Condoleezza Rice, both received classified information a handful of times via personal email accounts, the top Democrat on a congressional oversight panel said on Thursday. The findings come after nearly a year of controversy over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s decision to set up a private email server for her work as secretary of state. Representative Elijah Cummings said the disclosures about Powell’s and Rice’s aides’ emails were made by the State Department’s inspector general, who is reviewing the email practices of the last five secretaries of state.

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