Wow, this was a low blow. When Pence asked them to take the email down, they didn’t. This was her private email account. That’s like giving out someone’s private phone number. Do you think the AP should apologize?
Vice President Mike Pence is asking for the Associated Press to apologize to his wife Karen after the news agency published her private email account.
The AP published her email in an article called ‘Pence fought against releasing records as Indiana governor,’ which was published following the Indianapolis Star’s uncovering of Pence’s use of a private email account while serving as Indiana governor.
Pence tweeted on Saturday: ‘Last night the AP published my wife’s private email address, violating her privacy and our security.’
He added, with a screenshot of the letter his counsel Mark Paoletta sent to the AP:’ When we requested they take it down, they refused. The AP owes my wife an apology.’
The letter addressed to the AP’s president and CEO, Gary Pruitt, said: ‘The publication of Mrs Pence’s active private email address to millions of your readers has subjected her to vitriolic and malicious emails and raised serious security concerns.’
Paoletta added: ‘There was absolutely no reason to publish this private email address, and you should be ashamed of your reprehensible conduct.’
An AP spokesperson told CBS News that the ‘AP removed the email from subsequent stories after learning Mrs Pence still used the account.
‘The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues.’
The original story, which was published Friday evening, still includes the email address.
In the letter, Pence’s counsel Paoletta states: ‘Your organization [AP] was unwilling to retract the story, issue a correction, or even redact the email from the story.’