Former US ambassador to Kenya worked from a bathroom

Further evidence – if further evidence were needed – that where government leads, its functionaries fail to follow: it’s not just Hillary Clinton whose email usage has come under scrutiny recently. In 2012, the US ambassador to Kenya resigned following criticism about his working methods – which included working from a bathroom in order to bypass State Department network restrictions.

Ars Technica reports that Scott Gration had so little confidence in the Nairobi embassy’s internal IT systems that he set up shop in the only place “he could use an unsecured network and his personal computer, using Gmail to conduct official business” – his bathroom. When staffers met with him, they’d apparently have to sit on the lavatory.

The State Department Office of the Inspector General noted in an inspection report that the ambassador “willfully disregarded Department regulations on the use of commercial email for official government business”.

An IKEA survey last year found that 17% of New Yorkers worked while in the bathroom, but this multitasking is a reflection of the urgent nature of city life rather than a permanent working choice.