The iconic image of Hillary Clinton staring at her smartphone during a flight to Libya was removed from the former Secretary of State’s Twitter account on Sunday following reports that she used a personal email account to conduct diplomacy.
The picture was removed as a profile image to highlight a political campaign called No Ceilings, which promotes gender equality. The new image commemorated International Women's Day, which was yesterday, March 8. The change also followed accusations that Clinton’s communications from 2009 to 2013 were not conducted via an official State Department account.
Although Clinton has handed over a number of communications, some have claimed that the documents have huge gaps. According to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina), he has received no emails from the September 2011 trip leading up to the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi.
“There are gaps of months and months and months," Gowdy said. "And if you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya, she has sunglasses on and she has her handheld device in her hand, we have no e-mails from that day. In fact, we have no e-mails from that trip. So, it's strange credibility to believe that if you're on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy that there's not a single document that has been turned over to Congress.”
Gowdy added that it’s not up to President Barack Obama or Clinton to say what’s considered a public document and what isn’t.
The famous black and white photo can now be seen as the header photo on Clinton’s Twitter page, though users will have to access her profile directly to view it. The photo will no longer appear on her followers’ timelines or when her tweets appear in search results.
Clinton has since replaced the picture with an image promoting the No Ceilings campaign, sponsored by the Clinton foundation.
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