Hillary Clinton spied on her own staff by downloading their emails, book claims

Hillary Clinton spied on her own staff by downloading their emails, book claims

A recent book has alleged that US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton spied on her own staff by supposedly downloading their emails.

The new book 'Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign', by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, claims that Clinton wanted to know exactly why she lost the Democratic candidacy against Barack Obama which, in turn, led her to do some digital snooping - The New York Post reports.

The publication reports that an unnamed source told the authors: “She believed her campaign had failed her — not the other way around — and she wanted to see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who.

“Her Political Director, Guy Cecil, had talked with members of the media from his campaign account. Her Chief Strategist, Mark Penn, was a tyrant. And far too many of her minions had fought for turf and status rather than votes.”

The book also claims that her staff had no idea that she read their emails, even as Clinton organised meetings to discuss the matter.

One aide reportedly said: “I was struck by how good of a sense she had before I walked in there of the problems that were going on.” 

The fine line between monitoring employees and snooping is one which business leaders need to tread very carefully.

Earlier this year, reports accused the Daily Telegraph of spying on staff by installing small black boxes under their workstations, which reportedly track heat and motion to record when someone is at their desk and when they are not.

Colin Stuart, Managing Director of Workplace Consultancy Baker Stuart, recently discussed the use of workplace analysis in enabling businesses to “develop and improve a working environment”.

He commented: "When performing a workplace study, it should be conducted openly with absolute transparency and the aims and benefits should be clearly communicated. Staff should be made aware that the purpose of the study is for the development of the working environment with the aim of improving their working lives.

"Furthermore, staff should be anonymised with the study being based not on individuals, but the working patterns of the entire organisation.”


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