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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

9 Damning Facts About Hillary's Email Scandal

This week the Washington Post published a lengthy article about the Hillary Clinton email scandal. The shady practices detailed below show just how terrible Clinton's actions were. She is unqualified to serve as president of the United States.

  1. State Department security officials had no knowledge that Hillary's Blackberry was tied to an unsecured and unprotected private email server. 
  2. Her aides ignored warnings about the security risks from using the Blackberry. Clinton took her Blackberry to China where experts knew the Chinese would be able to remotely and easily install malware. The malware could be made to migrate to her private server. After the trip Clinton acknowledged her understanding of the risks involved in using a Blackberry. However, she continued to use her Blackberry. For some reason, she did not care about the risks.
  3. Clinton aides "paid insufficient attention to laws and regulations governing the handling of classified material and the preservation of government records."
  4. At the start of his presidency Obama said his administration would promote accountability through disclosure of information including work emails. Hillary circumvented this direction by exclusively using a private email system for all of her State Department emails. She deleted nearly 32,000 'non-work related' emails. Who determined they were non-work related? Hillary Clinton. Given the shady dealings of the Clinton Foundations, could they include evidence of illegal activities? Of course. That is why she deleted these items.
  5. Her basement server "email system operated in those first two months without the standard encryption generally used on the Internet to protect communication. . . . Without encryption — a process that scrambles communication for anyone without the correct key — email, attachments and passwords are transmitted in plain text." This oversight left her emails vulnerable to hacking.
  6. "On June 28, 2011, in response to reports that Gmail accounts of government workers had been targeted by 'online adversaries,' a note went out over Clinton’s name urging department employees to 'avoid conducting official Department business from your personal email accounts.' But she herself ignored the warning and continued using her BlackBerry and the basement server."
  7. Clinton has publicly claimed that classified information she sent was only classified after the fact. She is lying about this. “These emails were not retro­actively classified by the State Department,” the inspectors general report said. “Rather these emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to IC classification officials, that information remains classified today. This classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.”
  8. Jason R. Baron, a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration, told the Senate Judiciary Committee last year he believed that Clinton’s server ran afoul of the rules. In a memo to the committee, Baron wrote that “the setting up of and maintaining a private email network as the sole means to conduct official business by email, coupled with the failure to timely return email records into government custody, amounts to actions plainly inconsistent with the federal recordkeeping laws.”
  9. “They are on their face sensitive and obviously classified,” Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence who has read many of the classified emails, told The Post. “This information should have been maintained in the most secure, classified, top-secret servers.”

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