(VI) Hillary Clinton stored ‘Top Secret’ government information on her private server, probe reveals / 10 percent of Hillary’s emails should have been classified, but she routed them through her own private “home brew” email server
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Hillary Clinton stored ‘Top Secret’ government information on her private server, probe reveals
The Justice Department’s existing criminal probe into Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while serving as Secretary of State has just widened following the discovery of “Top Secret” correspondence she previously claimed did not exist.
As reported by McClatchy Papers, pressure had been building on Clinton to explain her installation of a personal email server in her Chappaqua, New York, home for official use, a “clear-cut” violation of State Department rules, but Tuesday’s discovery of two emails on her private account labeled “Top Secret” has created new complications for her.
In addition to violation of State Department policies, the sending and receiving of classified intelligence information “in the clear” – that is, in a manner that could potentially expose it to unauthorized third parties – is also a violation of federal law governing the transmission and/or possession of classified data.
McClatchy Papers reported further:
The inspector general for the Intelligence Community notified senior members of Congress that two of four classified emails discovered on the server Clinton maintained at her New York home contained material deemed to be in one of the highest security classifications – more sensitive than previously known.
The notice came as the State Department inspector general’s office acknowledged that it is reviewing the use of “personal communications hardware and software” by Clinton’s former top aides after requests from Congress.
‘Come clean and cough it up’
“We will follow the facts wherever they lead, to include former aides and associates, as appropriate,” Douglas Welty, a spokesman for the State Department’s inspector general, told McClatchy and other news outlets.
Still, despite the acknowledgement, the State Department’s IG office has not answered a number of key questions, like who is being investigated and what, exactly, is being investigated. Officially, the IG’s office refused to comment and referred additional reporters’ questions to the inspector general for the Intelligence Community, which has also been examining Clinton’s use of a personal email server.
The IC IG determined last week that of 40 or so emails that office had examined, four were found to have contained sensitive or classified information. The Intelligence Community IG office did say, however, that it has been denied access to aides’ emails by the State Department, and that Clinton, herself, is not a target.
But that could change and likely will, given Clinton’s history of being less than honest with investigators and Congress regarding her personal server.
The expanding probe further threatens her frontrunner status for the Democratic nomination. Since it was revealed in March that she installed and used a personal email server, polling in key swing states indicate that increasing numbers of Democratic voters find her not trustworthy and dishonest, in part because of her private email use.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the GOP chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has demanded that Clinton and her trusted aides “come clean and cough up” information about the personal email use.
Polling numbers taking huge hits
“Both the State Department and Intelligence Community inspectors general should be looking into the staff use of the Clinton private server for official State Department business. This means giving both inspectors general access and custody of all emails that haven’t already been deleted,” he said, as quoted by McClatchy. “From what is publicly known, it appears that the investigation thus far has focused so much on the former secretary of state, that it’s gotten lost that high-level staff apparently also used this server too.”
At least four top aides have now surrendered their records, which include copies of work emails on personal accounts, to the State Department, the agency that is collecting them in response to a Capitol Hill subpoena, the department says. Congress has demanded “records, including personal emails, from six other aides, but it’s unknown whether they used personal email for work,” McClatchy Papers reported.
Some have suggested that Clinton’s longtime Washington presence, as first lady, a U.S. senator and Secretary of State, has given her a wealth of connections throughout the bureaucracy that are likely stalling the investigation. But as it drags on and more revelations are publicized, her polling numbers are likely to continue to suffer.
10 percent of Hillary’s emails should have been classified, but she routed them through her own private “home brew” email server
(NaturalNews) The presidential campaign of former first lady, senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton continues to fend off probes and criticism regarding a private email server she kept in her home while heading the State Department, with new information revealing that at least 10 percent of her electronic communications should have been classified.
As reported by Breitbart News, that’s important because it’s believed that Clinton’s server, which she had installed at her and husband Bill Clinton’s private residence in New York, was unsecure, meaning it was subject to cyber-attack and hacking from foreign sources.
According to an intelligence community inspector general review of emails in Clinton’s inbox, there were at least four occasions where information she was sent should have been handled as secret at the time it was received on her home server. Now, reports noted, the matter has been referred to the FBI’s counterintelligence division, though President Obama’s Justice Department has shown reluctance, if not outright contempt, for the enforcement of federal statutes when offenders are current or former administration officials.
Meanwhile, a Wall Street Journal report noted that the IG only exampled a small sample of email in Hillary’s inbox, just 40. Of those, four were found to have contained info considered “secret.”
A spokesperson for the IG, Andrea Williams, told the paper that the emails “were classified when they were sent and are classified now.”
An initial report in The New York Times, which quoted an unnamed Justice Department official, claimed that the referral to the FBI was a criminal matter, but later the inspectors general for the intelligence community and the State Department issued a joint statement clarifying that it was a counterintelligence, not a criminal, referral.
The error in reporting led the Clinton campaign to send a 2,000-word letter to the Times complaining about the time it took to correct the original story and claiming that due to the lag time, it was impossible to roll-back the mistake.
Still, that might be the least of problems for Clinton, still considered by many to be the Democratic presidential frontrunner. The remainder of her email has yet to be reviewed by the intelligence community IG; some have suggested there are many more emails containing “secret” and perhaps even “top secret” information. Tens of thousands of emails have yet to be examined.
Based on that and the fact that classified information has already been found to have been sent to Clinton’s “homebrew” email server, the IG has concluded that the former secretary of state should not have been using it and instead should have relied on the classified system utilized by the State Department. Reports have noted that Clinton’s use of a personal email server was a “clear-cut” violation of State Department rules, as well as long-established policy within the intelligence community.
The IG’s findings differ with public statements Clinton has made. In March during a press conference following revelations about her previously undisclosed private server, she said, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material,” Breitbart News reported.
Also, her campaign staff has said, “Classified information was viewed in hard copy by the secretary while in the office.”
The IG’s findings prove those statements to be untrue.
The misdirection, deflecting and outright dishonesty over this issue and others is costing Clinton popularity. In March, Reuters reported that Clinton had lost 15 percent of her support following her initial announcement that she would seek the Democratic Party nomination.
Also in March, a CBS News poll found that 47 percent of Americans did not find her trustworthy.