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The controversy surrounding Defense Secretary Ash Carter's use of personal email for work during the first months of his tenure as defense secretary will likely blow over quickly, analysts predicted this week.

The revelations that he used his personal email for official business were less likely to balloon into a huge scandal, like that faced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, because he did not send any classified information through the account, and because he quickly owned up to his mistake.

"The American public are pretty darned forgiving when an official owns up without any resistance and says yeah I screwed up," said Steve Bucci, a national security analyst with the Heritage Foundation. "Carter I think played it pretty smart."

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