Obama reportedly used pseudonym to email Hillary Clinton on her private email server
President Obama used a pseudonym when sending or receiving emails through the private server system Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state, according to nearly 200 pages of documents released Friday by the FBI.
Included in the documents are notes from an April 2016 interview with long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin, conducted in connection with the FBI’s two-year investigation into Clinton’s use of the private server for official correspondence.
One note was about the FBI showing Abedin an email address “believed to be a pseudonym used by the President,” as reported by Politico and other news-gathering agencies.
Abedin said she didn’t recognize the name and “expressed her amazement” that Obama apparently used a pseudonym.
She also exclaimed, “How is this not classified?” according to the documents. . . .
federal lawyers will not release the emails, citing executive privilege. . . .Another interesting story that came up recently was Chelsea Clinton use of the pseudonym "Diane Reynolds" in her emails. Possibly the most famous exchange between Chelsea and Hillary involved discussing the Benghazi attack.
The Washington Post explains why famous people might legitimately want to use pseudonyms to protect their privacy.
How does the alias-at-a-hotel system work? Fake names are as useful to protect against staff as against the outside world, Danger pointed out, writing: "Staff is trained and required to sign confidentially agreements about guests overall, but when it's really big name sometimes they can get excited and forget." But why does it matter? Paparazzi, for one. "Paps often try to pay line-level hotel employees for inside info (room numbers, etc)," Danger said. "Leaking that info was a fireable offense at our property."
It's not only to shield celebrities from the paparazzi, but from stalkers, those horrible people from the media, and other guests. Or political opponents, according to Carlos. "We have had members of royal families who don’t want anyone to know where they are for political reasons." Clearly it is not the case that Chelsea Clinton is from a royal family and wouldn't want to be seen in Ottumwa, Iowa for political reasons.