Pence criticizes AP for publishing his wife's email address

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Vice President Pence said in a tweet that the Associated Press, upon publishing his wife's personal email address has 'violated her privacy and our security'.

The Indianapolis Star had reported the previous day that Pence routinely used his private email account to conduct state business, including dealing with "sensitive matters" like homeland security issues, Federal Bureau of Investigation updates on arrests and terror attacks around the globe.

A rep for the AP responds that it "removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account". But it also issued a statement saying: "The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues".

Current Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb released 29 pages of emails last week, the Indianapolis Star reported, but is withholding others.

Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said the emails are from government accounts and from Pence's private email account used for government business.

Lotter said attorneys for Pence tried to deliver boxes of emails on January 9, his last day as governor, but they returned to the law firm with them due to a "lack of clarity (about) what to do" with the emails.

It turns out, Pence conducted some state business through is personal AOL email account, which was later hacked.

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Lotter said Pence "maintained a state email account and a personal email account" like previous governors in the state.

The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/2m4OK6j ) says the emails were delivered Thursday to be archived for public review as required under Indiana law.

A Pence official would not comment or characterize what is in the AOL emails that have not been released.

IndyStar reports it obtained almost 30 emails from the account via a public records request.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Clinton was dogged throughout her White House campaign by her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

"If your son or my son handled classified information the way Hillary Clinton did, they'd be court-martialed", Pence said during the vice president debate with Tim Kaine. Pence's AOL account was subjected to a phishing scheme last spring, before he was chosen by Donald Trump to join the GOP presidential ticket.

"These are the emails about which Mike Pence, then the Republican nominee for vice-president, said, according to a Washington Post report, to "...tell your neighbors and your friends", advising the public to spread the contents of the emails far and wide.

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