Washington, Sep 1:
It wasn’t all serious stuff that Hillary Clinton was doing as America’s top diplomat for years. There were a few fun things too as revealed by the latest cache of 7,000 emails released by the State Department.
For instance, in a March 5, 2010, email to Richard Verma, now the US ambassador to India, and another State Department staffer, Clinton asked: “Where are we on this?” about gefilte fish, the famously controversial Jewish delicacy.
The Time magazine citing Tablet magazine writer Yair Rosenberg said Clinton was asking about a blocked US shipment of carp to Israel.
In a February 27, 2010, email, a State Department help desk analyst asked if she could receive email.
Clinton’s Indian American assistant Huma Abedin clarified in a follow-up that the help desk hadn’t recognised Clinton’s private address while troubleshooting.
“They had no idea it was YOU, just some random email address so they emailed,” Abedin wrote.
In a January 3, 2010, email to State Department staffer Monica Hanley, Clinton asked when two TV shows aired — “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Wife”.
“Can you give me times for two TV shows?” she asked.
In an August 20, 2010, email to a State Department staffer, movie producer Harvey Weinstein pushed for Clinton to watch “The King’s Speech”, his film about how King George overcame his stuttering problem.
“It’s a fun movie that is much in the tradition of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, again I think you would both like it (and Hillary would approve because it’s PG-13 with not too many swear words,” he wrote.
Finally in a December 2010 email thread, Clinton, staffer Cheryl Mills and lawyer David Kendall joked about a news story about a man who robbed a bank wearing a Hillary mask.
“Should I be flattered? Even a little bit?” Clinton asked.
Mills dug into it and found 11 times bank robbers wore Richard Nixon masks “perhaps not surprisingly”. (IANS)