Skip to main content

Another Photo Of Hillary Clinton On A Plane Goes Viral (Photo)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was spotted reading about Vice President Mike Pence's use of a personal email account, and the resulting photo has gone viral.

The image was taken by 32-year-old Caitlin Quigley, the manager of a New York-based LGBT health care center, who was seated across the aisle from Clinton on a March 3 flight from Boston to New York, according to The Huffington Post.

Clinton is seen holding her cellphone and looking down at a copy of USA Today, the main story of which is headlined: "Pence used personal email in office."

Image placeholder title

Quigley said she took the "stealth shot" because she "thought it was too good not to share." She said she sent it to a few of her fellow passengers, and soon it was all over Twitter.

"The meme writes itself," Quigley said.

Of course, the photo's irony stems from the fact that Clinton was plagued throughout the presidential campaign by her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. The FBI opened and closed its investigation into her emails twice in the run-up to the election.

This isn't the first time an image of Clinton sitting on an airplane has gone viral. In 2012, a black and white photo depicting the then-secretary of state looking at her cellphone through her sunglasses began making the rounds on social media.

The image was taken in 2011 during a flight to Tripoli, Libya, and Clinton expressed confusion when told by one of her aides via email that the photo was gaining traction online.

"Why now? That was on the way to Libya?" she wrote, according to The Hill.

Her aide, Cheryl Mills, responded with: "You look cute."

Clinton would later use the photo on her social media accounts before announcing her 2016 presidential campaign.

Pence, who reportedly used his private AOL email account while governor of Indiana to discuss sensitive information with top advisers, has rejected the parallels being drawn between himself and Clinton.

"There's no comparison whatsoever between Hillary Clinton's practice -- having a private server, misusing classified information, destroying emails when they were requested by the Congress," he said, according to IndyStar. "We have fully complied with Indiana's laws. We had outside counsel review all of my previous email records to identify any that ever mentioned or referenced state business."

Others are not convinced. Adam Segal, director of the digital and cyberspace policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations, told IndyStar that the Pence's situation is not that different from the former secretary of state's.

"A large part of the criticism of [Clinton's] personal server by the GOP -- that it was unsafe or that it was to circumvent oversight -- would be misplaced if Pence was using an AOL account," he said. "The secretary of state would be in possession of secrets that had more of a national impact, but at a lower level, a private email account has the same implications."

Justin Cappos, a computer security professor at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, expressed similar concern.

"It’s one thing to have an AOL account and use it to send birthday cards to grandkids," he said. "But it’s another thing to use it to send and receive messages that are sensitive and could negatively impact people if that information is public."

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Hill, IndyStar (2) / Photo credit: Hillary Clinton/Twitter via The Hill, Caitlin Quigley via Huffington Post

Popular Video