Sunday, March 6, 2016

Email Scandal Keeps on Rolling at

The email scandal continues to roll. From the Washington Post: Things we learned from 50,000-plus pages of Clinton emails. It's the Post, so expect lots of apologies and excuses for her behavior.
The correspondence between Clinton and her advisers, friends and political acquaintances offers no shocking revelations, but it sheds light on a management style she would take with her to the White House.
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Most of the time, Clinton and aides appeared keenly aware of the limitations of operating over an unclassified, nongovernment account. Sometimes they were frustrated by the constraints.

In a February 2010 message, Clinton exclaimed: “It’s a public statement! Just email it.” Sent moments later, the document merely said U.S. and British officials would cooperate to promote peace. “Well that is certainly worthy of being top secret,” Clinton responded sarcastically.

But the State Department’s Freedom of Information Act reviewers found plenty of cases where releasing the emails in uncensored form today, more than three years after Clinton left office, would pose diplomatic or national security concerns.
Also from the Post:  Clinton, on her private server, wrote 104 emails the government says are classified
A key question facing Clinton is whether any of the emails she authored — or any of the correspondence stored on her private server — contained information that was classified at the time it was sent.

When her use of a private system was first revealed, she told reporters, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.” At other points, she has said that none of the emails was “marked classified” at the time she sent or received them — a point she reiterated Friday in a CNBC interview.

But government rules require senders of classified information to properly mark it. And the inspector general for the intelligence community has said that some of Clinton’s correspondence contained classified material when it was sent — even if it was not labeled.
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Ron Hosko, former head of the FBI’s criminal investigative division, said Clinton’s use of the server offered a one-stop-shop for a would-be hacker or U.S. adversary looking to scoop up the totality of the sensitive information she was receiving.

“Piece by piece, it’s not particularly momentous,” said Hosko, who heads a law enforcement advocacy group whose board includes prominent conservatives. “But as a foreign adversary starts to aggregate that information, it becomes more and more concerning because of the ability to show you, who are the actors? What are our intentions? What is our understanding?”
It's a long article, but the gist of it seems to confirm that the whole State Dept. takes the question of security quite lightly, and Hillary's shenanigans with her home bakes server was just the cherry on top. Having spoken with some State Dept people, they seem to think they are running an academic institution, and not an important arm of the United States security, and are shocked that anyone would be interested enough in their email to bother to monitor it. They can't even keep track of it themselves: Release of Clinton Documents Delayed After State Department Discovers ‘Thousands’ of Unsearched Records
The State Department’s recent discovery of thousands of unsearched records from Hillary Clinton’s tenure has delayed several public records lawsuits and could keep many of the documents out of the public sphere until next fall.
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On Jan. 14, the State Department disclosed in a Judicial Watch case that officials had recently found shared and individual electronic files in the executive secretary’s office that were not previously searched in response to the lawsuit. Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit last May.

Although the court had ordered the State Department to turn over all relevant records by last October, attorneys said they would need until this spring to process the new documents.

State filed a nearly identical status report in the Citizens United lawsuit on Feb. 29, the same day as its court-ordered deadline to turn over all requested documents.
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“It’s curious the Department is suddenly able to be more productive after recent staff changes involving those responsible for document production,” committee spokesman Jamal Ware said in a Sept. 25, 2015 press release.
Drip, drip, drip. However, Politico went to bat for Clinton: Clinton email server logs show no breach.
The lack of evidence of foreign hacking in the server logs will come as a relief for Clinton, who has been pilloried by Republicans and many security experts for using a private email account and server during her four years as secretary of state. However, the question of whether Clinton's server was breached is largely a separate one from whether she or her aides broke the law by mishandling classified information.
But the good hackers, and governments watching don't leave traces. Ace points out that the reason we found out about Hillary's home brew server was an email between her and Sid "the Shiv" Blumenthal that was hacked by the international hacker Guccifer.
So can you guys detect what's missing in this article? Hacker Guccifer who leaked Bush paintings, racy Powell emails to be extradited to US. Now, maybe it's just me but Bush and Powell are yesterday's news. You would think a figure that is currently in the news, as in running for President, and is very relevant to this story would merit top billing no? Where the hell is the mention of Hillary Clinton? Guccifer is the reason why we even know Clinton had been using private email for government business.
Although, I would assume someone else might have figured it out from the lack of Hillary's emails, when her State Dept. account turned out to be non-existent.

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