Clinton didn’t know how to access email by computer, says State official

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Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonKaine tweets with the cast of 'Veep' Army training slide branded Clinton as ’insider threat’: report Pence slams Clinton, media in Virginia MORE did not know how to use a computer to read and send emails when she entered office as the nation's top diplomat in 2009.

She only knew how to read her messages via BlackBerry, according to an official at the time. 

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Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, told State Department official Lewis Lukens that there could be a “problem,” because Clinton “does not know how to use a computer to do email — only [Blackberry],” he wrote in a 2009 email released on Monday."

“But I said [it] would not take much training to get her up to speed," he claimed. 

It’s unclear whether Clinton was ever trained to use a computer to access emails.

However, the admission might bolster the argument that emails were not her main means of communication, despite the heavy focus on her use of a private email account and server for official State business. Clinton has previously claimed that she never had a computer in her office while serving as secretary of State.

The new email was released on Monday by Judicial Watch, a conservative organization that has filed multiple lawsuits to make emails from Clinton and her top aides public.

Lukens’s message was contained within an email chain in which the State Department tried to explore options for setting up a "standalone" computer in Clinton’s office which operated off of the State Department’s network.