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Secret ‘alias’ account was available on EPA chief Lisa Jackson’s computers

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Screenshots from sources show that the profile of the secret “alias” email account allegedly used by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was loaded on three computers under her name, as well as the computers of other agency employees within the Office of the Administrator.

“This is a complete link between the Windsor email address and Jackson,” a source with direct knowledge of the agency said in an email.

Last week, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported that Jackson was allegedly using a secret “alias” email account under the name “Richard Windsor.” On Monday, The DCNF confirmed that the Windsor account was in use, citing an email released by a liberal group from earlier this year.

EPA employees use the email system Lotus Notes, and require a local client to be installed on their computers for access. (RELATED: EPA chief’s secret email alias revealed)

The bottom of the above screenshot shows that the software for “Richard Windsor” has been put onto Jackson’s computer number “02,” number “04,” and number “05.”

“The ones containing ‘LJACKS04’ and ‘LJACKS02’ probably refer to two different computers associated with Lisa Jackson,” a source said. However, the email software was also installed on other computers as well. The same goes for number “05.”

Jackson probably “wants to be able to access Richard’s entire email system, which includes a bunch of stuff, not just emails,” said the source. “It includes calendars, certain web pages, and any compilations that folks used Lotus to build.”

However, other personal computers are listed on the screenshot, including one for “ADICKER” — possibly EPA employee Aaron Dickerson, who works in the Office of the Administrator. Another computer listed is “RBLAIR,” which could belong to contractor Rosalie Blair, the source says.

Another computer listed is “GSTROMAN,” which could belong to EPA staff assistant Gladys Stroman, who works in the Office of the Administrator.

According to the source, the computer listed as “‘MDSADMINPC’ is probably a contract tech person with access so they can fix problems (broken down, the name probably means MDS = Managed Desktop Services, ADMIN = computer system Administrator, PC = desktop PC).”

The screenshot also indicates when Lotus Notes was last updated on each computer, with the last update for a computer under Jackson’s name being “01/19/2012.”

However, a source noted that “It doesn’t help in knowing whether the Richard Windsor email address was created on that date, just that Lotus Notes was installed on that date.”

The above second screenshot shows that the email address is owned by someone in the Immediate Office of the Administrator, as noted by the “AO” and “IO” on the department information section.

According to a source, the Immediate Office listing refers to the “limited number of people surrounding the Administrator, such as the Deputy Administrator, Chief of Staff, admin support staff, etc.”

The telephone directory listing for Richard Windsor is not a working phone number.

The employee identification number listed may not be the email address owner’s official employee number, the sourced noted.

The source then said it was possible that the email address was “owned” by an employee other than Jackson, like an administrative support person. (RELATED: Liberal ‘watchdog’ group turns on Obama administration over secret EPA emails)

Last week, The DCNF reported that the secret alias account name “Richard Windsor” was allegedly being used by Lisa Jackson to escape public oversight. This information was discovered by Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner, after two former EPA officials told him the name of just one of Jackson’s email aliases.

“That is the name — sorry, one of the alias names — used by Obama’s radical EPA chief to keep her email from those who ask for it,” Horner told The DCNF in an email.

Horner’s new book, “The Liberal War on Transparency,” revealed the existence of “alias” email accounts used by EPA administrators, which were first instituted by Carol Browner, former director of the Obama White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and Bill Clinton’s EPA administrator.

In September, Horner and CEI filed a lawsuit against the EPA, asking a U.S. District Court to order the agency to produce records regarding “‘secondary,’ non-public email accounts for EPA administrators, the existence of which accounts Plaintiff discovered in an Agency document obtained under a previous [Freedom of Information Act] request,” which the EPA says were known only to a “few EPA staff members, usually only high-level senior staff.”

Last week, the House science committee demanded in a letter the EPA explain whether senior personnel use secretive means — like aliases and private email accounts — to conduct government business.

“The use of these [hidden] accounts could seriously impair records collection, preservation, and access, therefore compromising transparency and oversight,” said the letter, signed by the House science committee chairman, Texas Republican Rep. Ralph Hall.

“For more than a decade, EPA Administrators have been assigned two official, government-issued email accounts: a public account and an internal account,” the EPA said in a statement in response to the House committee’s letter. “The internal account is an everyday, working email account of the Administrator to communicate with staff and other government officials.”

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