Carney: There Are No "Secret" Email Accounts, Only "Alternate Email Addresses"

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Following an Associated Press report that Obama administration appointees have "secret government email accounts," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney argued Tuesday that the accounts aren't secret and, in fact, prior administrations have followed the practice of appointees having second government accounts.

"Having alternate email addresses for cabinet secretaries and other high-profile officials makes eminent sense. If they are inundated in one account with either public emails, or spam or the like, then they can continue to use their other account for normal work," Carney added.

"There's nothing secret," Carney added. "It's about having a public e-mail address, as well as a one for internal, you know, workings. But they're all available for when FOIA requests are made and congressional inquiries are conducted."

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