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Colin Powell: I used 2 computers while heading up State

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he used two computers while he led the State Department: a desktop for classified material, and a laptop for email.

Powell served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, and during that time he "changed the brainware" of State's culture by using email, he said.

"I had two machines on my desk: I had a secure State Department machine for secure material, and I had a laptop that I could use for email," said the former secretary of state on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"And I would email relatives, friends, but I would also email in the department," said Powell. "But it was mostly housekeeping stuff. 'What's the status in this paper? What's going on here?' So it was my own classified system, but I had a classified system also on my desk."

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