Members of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s staff, including her communications director, have private messaging apps on their government-issued cellphones that use end-to-end encryption designed to keep conversations secret.

The governor’s press secretary, Nora Meyers Sackett, said only one of the staffers has sent a message on such an app, and it occurred only one time, more than two years ago, when no other form of communication was available.

“Tripp used [WhatsApp] in February 2019 to communicate with a Cabinet member who was traveling internationally and had no other way to be in contact,” Sackett wrote in an email, referring to Tripp Stelnicki, the governor’s chief spokesman. “He has not used it on any other occasion.”

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