Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed Tuesday that she used only one smartphone during her tenure at the State Department.
But two weeks ago, she told an interviewer that she used two very different smart-phones.
A friendly interviewer asked her, “Let me ask the big question; iPhone or Android?”
“iPhone,” she responded Feb. 24 to the audience at the Lead On Watermark Silicon Valley Conference For Women.
“OK, in full disclosure [pause] and a Blackberry,” she added.
Clinton’s contradictory claims raises the question of whether she had additional email networks that she has kept secret, even amid the current scandal over her decision to use a home-base private email service to conduct all her official business at the Department of State when she was President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy appointee.
That’s partly because the Blackberry’s anti-backer technology — including its anti-hacker software — is better than the technology in the earlier iPhones.
Also, government-designed anti-hacker measures are greatly weakened if communications channels run through two different types of cellphones.
In her March 10 press conference at the United Nations, Clinton claimed she had only one phone.
“Why did you opt out using two devices at the time?” a reporter asked.
“When I got there, I wanted to just use one device for both personal and work emails instead of two,” she responded.
“It was allowed… it was for convenience and it was my practice to communicate with State Department and other government officials on their .gov accounts so those emails would be automatically saved in the State Department system to meet record keeping requirements and that indeed is what happened,” she said.
Alternatively, Clinton may have been pandering to her audience, and declaring her loyalty to the lifestyle brand developed by Apple Computer Co.
The Apple products, including the iPhone series and Mac computers, are a brand favored by many upper-income, university-educated progressives in the media and culture sectors.