(WASHINGTON) In a stunning new development in the ongoing Hillary Clinton email controversy, anonymous sources who worked under Mrs. Clinton while she was Secretary of State have revealed that she was not only using a private email address there, but that it was hosted by the embarrassingly-1990s web-based service Lycos.com.
The sources, who spoke under condition of anonymity, told Great Caesar’s Ghost that Mrs. Clinton, who served as Secretary of State during the first term of President Barack Obama, sent staffers several emails from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The staffers explained that this was Mrs. Clinton’s first email address, which she registered and began using around 1997 or 1998, while she was First Lady.
“I think she started using email around the summer of Monica [Lewinsky],” one source explained. “Probably ’98. She wasn’t into email before, but with all the palace intrigue, she wanted quick, surreptitious messages and to stay on top of any rumors. She also liked forwarding jokes and uplifting stories.”
Another source said that although the once-venerable Lycos.com search engine quickly fell out of vogue in the early aughts, “[Mrs. Clinton] never bothered getting a new address…Around 2008, when she was running for president, we informed her that Hillary.Rodham.Clinton@Gmail.com was available, but she just said, ‘what’s wrong with the email address I have?'” the source reported.
Although then-Secretary Clinton was registered with a government email address while at State, multiple sources confirmed she continued to send important emails from her Lycos.com account. Per one source, “I remember when she sent out sensitive information [in the days before] the Benghazi attack. She sent it from Lycos. Well, for half of us it wound up in junk and spam folders. It even looked like spam, the way the subject said simply ‘please read.’ Another one she sent had a subject line of ‘money from bank of zimbabwe’ and looked like one of those phishing scams. But it really was about money coming to the U.S. via the Bank of Zimbabwe.
“She just never really got it,” the source sighed.
When news of the Lycos revelation broke, Republicans on Capitol Hill declared a new round of congressional inquiries on Mrs. Clinton’s emails. “We will be inviting Secretary Clinton back to the Capitol to answer for these careless and reckless activities,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) in a statement posted on his MySpace page.