By , Rudy Takala
Published April 28, 2016
Judicial Watch on Thursday announced that it had unearthed emails from Hillary Clinton's personal email account dated February 2009. Until now, the former secretary of state had maintained she was not using the account at that time.
The findings include a Feb. 13, 2009, exchange between Clinton and her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, in which Mills conveys to Clinton that the National Security Agency is not pleased with her request for a more secure, personalized BlackBerry. Clinton sought the device to circumvent normal security protocols for accessing classified information.
The emails went through Clinton's now-infamous personal account, email@example.com. Judicial Watch reports that the information was obtained through an open records request submitted to the State Department on April 28, 2015.
Clinton has maintained that she did not use the personal email account before March 2009, months after she was sworn in to lead the State Department. At that time, Clinton has said, she used a Blackberry.net account associated with her tenure in the Senate and has refused to hand over the contents of that account.
However, the State Department does possess some of Clinton's emails from the older account after they were caught up in a probe of Gen. David Petraeus by the Defense Department. The Pentagon reportedly obtained them from his accounts before handing them over to State, though the department has refused to release them to the public.