Hillary Clinton is either really bad at technology or really good at — and very devoted to — obscuring her skills.
As the State Department continues to release thousands of pages of her work e-mails every month, we're learning more about how the former secretary of state handles crises — including the troubles she has with gadgets.
A reminder of how we got to reading Clinton's e-mails in the first place: The State Department is under court order to release 50,000 pages of e-mails Clinton sent and received from the private server she exclusively used during her four years as secretary of state. The FBI is also investigating whether information marked as classified at the time crossed her private server; Clinton maintains nothing has, even as independent investigators have found at least two e-mails containing top secret information.
On Monday night, the State Department released 7,000 pages of e-mails from 2009 and 2010. At least a few build on a running theme we noticed from the first batch of e-mails: Clinton appears to have trouble using basically any newish or even oldish technology.
In July, it was a State Department fax machine. Here's a long and frustrating 2009 exchange with her top aide, Huma Abedin:
Hillary Clinton, figuring out how to work a fax machine pic.twitter.com/oJ2KxOtfJ6
— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) July 1, 2015
Then, at an August news event in North Las Vegas, Clinton was asked whether she had wiped her private sever before handing it over to the FBI (Clinton deleted 31,000 e-mails she deemed "personal" that the FBI has said it could possibly recover.)
Clinton's now-infamous reply: "What, like with a cloth or something?"
The Fix's Chris Cillizza wrote that her comment, even though it appeared to be sarcastic, was "evidence of a lack of technological know-how."
"I don't know how it works digitally at all," she went on to say. (Watch the exchange at about the 1:50 mark below.)
And, this week, we learn that Clinton didn't know how to use her new "I-Pad" — or, as her aides called it, "hPad." Here's a series of e-mails that show her struggles:
She also wanted to make sure she could message from her new iPad in the air:
But for all her troubles, Clinton and her aides seemed focused on sharing world news about countries using technology for diplomacy. Here are a few examples:
We can expect that there will be plenty more of these once a month for the foreseeable future.